S.611 - Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 02/27/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Environment and Public Works | House - Energy and Commerce|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 114-47; H. Rept. 114-346|
|Latest Action:||12/11/2015 Became Public Law No: 114-98. (TXT | PDF) (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.611 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 114-98 (12/11/2015)
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the Senate reported version is repeated here.)
Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act
(Sec. 4) This bill amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to reauthorize through FY2020 the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) program providing technical assistance to small public water systems in complying with national primary drinking water regulations.
The EPA may use the funds to provide grants or cooperative agreements to nonprofit organizations that provide onsite technical assistance; circuit-rider technical assistance programs; multistate, regional technical assistance programs; onsite and regional training; assistance with implementing source water protection plans; and assistance with implementation monitoring plans, rules, regulations, and water security enhancements. Those grants and cooperative agreements may not be used for citizen suits brought under that Act.
In order to ensure that technical assistance funding is used in a manner that is most beneficial to the small and rural communities, the EPA must give preference to nonprofit organizations that are the most qualified and experienced and that the small community water systems find to be the most beneficial and effective.