Text: H.R.4879 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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114th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4879


To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to condition a State’s receipt of funds for a drinking water treatment revolving loan fund on such State carrying out a program to test for lead in drinking water for schools.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 23, 2016

Mr. Payne introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to condition a State’s receipt of funds for a drinking water treatment revolving loan fund on such State carrying out a program to test for lead in drinking water for schools.

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 “Transparent Environment in School Testing for Lead Act” or the “TEST for Lead Act”.

SEC. 2. Testing for lead in drinking water for schools.

Section 1464(d) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–24(d)) is amended—

(1) by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

“(1) PROGRAMS TO TEST LEAD CONTAMINATION IN SCHOOLS.—To be eligible to receive funds under section 1452, a State (as defined in section 1401(13)(A)), shall carry out a program, consistent with this section, to assist local educational agencies in testing for lead contamination in drinking water from sources of lead contamination at schools under the jurisdiction of such agencies.”;

(2) by striking paragraph (3);

(3) by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (3);

(4) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

“(2) TESTING REQUIREMENTS.—A program carried out under paragraph (1) shall require testing of drinking water, including testing of water from faucets used for food preparation, sinks in lavatories, and drinking water coolers, for lead—

“(A) at schools built prior to 1996, at least biannually; and

“(B) at schools built in 1996 or after, at least annually.”; and

(5) in paragraph (3) (as redesignated by paragraph (3) of this section)—

(A) by striking “A copy” and inserting:

“(A) IN GENERAL.—A copy”;

(B) by inserting “under a program carried out” before “under paragraph (1)”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

“(B) EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION.—If a level of lead that exceeds a lead action level, as identified by the Environmental Protection Agency, is discovered in drinking water at a school pursuant to testing under a program carried out under paragraph (1), the local educational agency with jurisdiction over such school shall notify parents, the Administrator, and the State of such elevated lead level not later than 48 hours after such discovery.”.