Text: H.R.2094 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (04/14/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2094


To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to establish deadlines for promulgation of national primary drinking water regulations for certain contaminants, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 14, 2017

Mr. Gottheimer (for himself and Mr. Fitzpatrick) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to establish deadlines for promulgation of national primary drinking water regulations for certain contaminants, 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 “Lead Free Schools Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Requirements for regulation of contaminants.

Section 1412(b)(2) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300g–1(b)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(D) LEAD AND COPPER RULE.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other deadline established in this subsection, not later than 9 months after the date of enactment of the Lead Free Schools Act of 2017, the Administrator shall issue revised national primary drinking water regulations for lead and copper.

“(ii) REQUIREMENTS.—The revised regulations issued under clause (i) shall ensure that—

“(I) corrosion controls are reevaluated anytime source water or treatment is changed;

“(II) test results are valid, by prohibiting techniques that artificially lower lead levels, including flushing before samples are taken;

“(III) monitoring includes school sites for all public water systems serving schools (as defined in section 1461);

“(IV) notification of lead problems is clear and effective, including, to the extent practicable, notification, at least annually, of any testing and such problems at school sites on the Internet website of the applicable local educational agency; and

“(V) lead service lines are fully replaced on a set timetable and whenever contamination is detected.

“(iii) SCOPE OF LEAD LINE REPLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS.—Requirements to replace lead service lines under the revised regulations issued under clause (i) shall extend to all service lines controlled by public water systems, regardless of ownership.

“(E) PERFLUORINATED COMPOUNDS.—Notwithstanding any other deadline established in this subsection, not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of the Lead Free Schools Act of 2017, the Administrator shall publish a maximum contaminant level goal and promulgate a national primary drinking water regulation for perfluorinated compounds.

“(F) 1,4-DIOXANE.—Notwithstanding any other deadline established in this subsection, not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of the Lead Free Schools Act of 2017, the Administrator shall make a determination, pursuant to paragraph (1)(B)(ii), on whether to regulate 1,4-dioxane under this section.”.

SEC. 3. Definition of lead service line.

(a) In general.—Section 1401 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300f) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(17) LEAD SERVICE LINE.—The term ‘lead service line’ means a pipe and its fittings, which are not lead free (as defined in section 1417(d)), that connect the drinking water main to the building inlet.”.

(b) Conforming amendment.—Section 1459B(a) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–19b(a)) is amended by striking paragraph (4).

SEC. 4. Competitive grant pilot program for drinking water fountain replacement for schools.

(a) In general.—Part F of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–21 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 1465. Competitive grant pilot program for drinking water fountain replacement for schools.

“(a) Establishment.—Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall establish a competitive pilot grant program to provide assistance to local educational agencies for the replacement of drinking water fountains manufactured prior to 1988.

“(b) Use of funds.—Funds awarded under the competitive pilot grant program—

“(1) shall be used to pay the costs of replacement of drinking water fountains in schools; and

“(2) shall be awarded on a competitive basis, as determined by the Administrator.

“(c) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section not more than $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022.”.

(b) Definitions.—Section 1461(5) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–21(5)) is amended by inserting “or drinking water fountain” after “water cooler” each place it appears.

SEC. 5. School remedial action program.

Section 1464(d)(7) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–24(d)(7)) is amended—

(1) by striking “$20,000,000” and inserting “$100,000,000”; and

(2) by striking “2017 through 2021” and inserting “2018 through 2022”.