Text: H.R.6393 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/29/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6393

To allow certain small public water systems to request an exemption from the requirements of any national primary drinking water regulation for a naturally occurring contaminant, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 29, 2010

Mr. Young of Alaska (for himself and Mr. Simpson) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To allow certain small public water systems to request an exemption from the requirements of any national primary drinking water regulation for a naturally occurring contaminant, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Small Community Options for Regulatory Equity Act of 2010”.

SEC. 2. Exemption for nonprofit and municipal small public water systems respecting naturally occurring contaminants.

The Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 1416 the following:

Exemption for nonprofit and municipal small public water systems respecting naturally occurring contaminants

“Sec. 1416A. (a) Exemption.—A State exercising primary enforcement responsibility for public water systems under section 1413 (or the Administrator in any nonprimacy State) shall exempt any nonprofit or municipal small public water system that submits a request in accordance with subsection (b) from the requirements of any national primary drinking water regulation for a naturally occurring contaminant.

“(b) Request.—To seek an exemption under this section, a nonprofit or municipal small public water system—

“(1) shall submit a written request to the State exercising primary enforcement responsibility with respect to the system (or the Administrator in any nonprimacy State); and

“(2) shall include in such request a finding under subsection (c).

“(c) Economic Feasibility.—

“(1) FINDING.—To seek an exemption under this section, a nonprofit or municipal small public water system must find that compliance by the system with the national primary drinking water regulation involved is not economically feasible.

“(2) NO REVIEW.—A finding by a nonprofit or municipal small public water system under this subsection shall not be subject to judicial or administrative review.

“(d) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) The term ‘municipal’, with respect to a small public water system, means owned or operated by a municipality.

“(2) The term ‘naturally occurring contaminant’ includes arsenic, radon, radium, uranium, any microbial pathogen (including Cryptosporidium and Giardia lamblia), and any contaminant that is a disinfection byproduct (including bromate, chlorite, haloacetic acids, and total trihalomethanes).

“(3) The term ‘small public water system’ means a public water system serving 10,000 or fewer persons.”.