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Introduced in House (04/01/2011)


112th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1340


To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act with respect to consumer confidence reports by community water systems.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 1, 2011

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


A BILL

To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act with respect to consumer confidence reports by community water systems.

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 “End Unnecessary Costs Caused by Report Mailing Act of 2011”.

SEC. 2. Consumer confidence reports by community water systems.

(a) Method of delivering report.—Subparagraph (A) of section 1414(c)(4) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300g–3(c)(4)) is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (A), by striking “The Administrator, in consultation” and inserting the following:

“(i) IN GENERAL.—The Administrator, in consultation”;

(2) by striking “to mail to each customer” and inserting “to provide in accordance with the mailing requirement of clause (ii) or (iii), as applicable, to each customer”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(ii) MAILING REQUIREMENT IN CASE OF VIOLATION OF MCL.—In the case of a community water system for which there has been a violation of the maximum contaminant level for any regulated contaminant during the year concerned, the regulations under clause (i) shall require each report to be mailed.

“(iii) MAILING REQUIREMENT ABSENT ANY VIOLATION OF MCL.—In the case of a community water system for which there was no such violation during the year concerned, the regulations under clause (i) shall require the system to comply with one of the following (to be selected by the system):

“(I) Mail each report.

“(II) Make each report available on the system’s Web site and, upon request, by mail and provide notice in plain language (either by using customized message space on the customer’s bill or by enclosing a flier within the customer’s bill) that—

“(aa) the system’s water has remained in compliance with the maximum contaminant level for each regulated contaminant during the year concerned; and

“(bb) a consumer confidence report is available on the system’s Web site and, upon request, by mail.

“(iv) RELATION TO OTHER PROVISIONS.—For purposes of subparagraphs (C) and (D), references to the mailing requirement of this subparagraph refer to the requirements of clauses (ii) and (iii).”.

(b) Content of report.—Clause (iii) of section 1414(c)(4)(B) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300g–3(c)(4)(B)) is amended by striking “(IV) for any regulated” and all that follows through the period at the end of the clause and inserting “(IV) for any regulated contaminant in such water system for which there has been a violation of the maximum contaminant level during the year concerned, the brief statement in plain language regarding the health concerns that resulted in regulation of such contaminant (as provided by the Administrator in regulations under subparagraph (A)), a description in plain language of the specific contaminant measurements which caused the violation and the possible effects on health and welfare, a description in plain language of the actions being taken to correct the violation so as to be in compliance with this Act, and a statement of the date by which compliance will be attained.”.

(c) Application; administrative actions.—The amendments made by this section apply beginning on the day that is 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. Not later than such day, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall promulgate revised regulations and take such other actions as may be necessary to carry out the amendments made by this section.