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115th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                S. 1401

 To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to address lead contamination in 
                         school drinking water.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             June 21, 2017

  Ms. Duckworth (for herself and Mr. Booker) introduced the following 
bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment 
                            and Public Works

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                                 A BILL


 
 To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to address lead contamination in 
                         school drinking water.

    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 ``Get the Lead Out of Schools Act''.

SEC. 2. SCHOOL TESTING AND NOTIFICATION; GRANT PROGRAM.

    Section 1464 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j-24) is 
amended by adding at the end the following:
    ``(e) Testing and Notification Requirements for Public Water 
Systems That Serve Schools.--Not later than 1 year after the date of 
enactment of this subsection, the Administrator shall promulgate a 
national primary drinking water regulation for school drinking water 
that--
            ``(1) establishes a lead action level that is not less than 
        the lead action level established by the Administrator under 
        section 1412(b);
            ``(2) requires each public water system to sample for lead 
        in the drinking water at such schools as the Administrator 
        determines to have a risk of lead in the drinking water at a 
        level that meets or exceeds the lead action level established 
        under paragraph (1); and
            ``(3) in the case of results of sampling under paragraph 
        (2) that indicate that the drinking water of a school contains 
        lead that meets or exceeds the lead action level established 
        under paragraph (1), requires the public water system that 
        serves the school to notify the local educational agency that 
        has jurisdiction over the school, the relevant local health 
        agencies, the municipality, and the State as soon as 
        practicable, but not later than 5 business days after the date 
        on which the public water system receives the sampling results.
    ``(f) School Lead Testing and Remediation Grant Program.--
            ``(1) Definition of eligible entity.--In this subsection, 
        the term `eligible entity' means--
                    ``(A) a local educational agency (as defined in 
                subsection (d)(1)); or
                    ``(B) a State agency that administers a statewide 
                program to test for, or remediate, lead contamination 
                in drinking water.
            ``(2) Grants authorized.--Not later than 1 year after the 
        date of enactment of this subsection, the Administrator shall 
        establish a grant program to make grants available to eligible 
        entities to test for, and remediate, lead contamination in 
        school drinking water.
            ``(3) Use of funds.--
                    ``(A) In general.--An eligible entity that receives 
                a grant under this subsection may use grant funds--
                            ``(i) to recover the costs incurred by the 
                        eligible entity for testing for lead 
                        contamination in school drinking water 
                        conducted by an entity approved by the 
                        Administrator or the State to conduct the 
                        testing; or
                            ``(ii) to replace lead pipes, pipe 
                        fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures of 
                        any school with drinking water that contains a 
                        level of lead that meets or exceeds the action 
                        level established by the Administrator under 
                        subsection (e)(1) with lead free (as defined in 
                        section 1417) pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing 
                        fittings, and fixtures.
                    ``(B) Limitation.--Not more than 5 percent of grant 
                funds accepted under this subsection shall be used to 
                pay the administrative costs of testing for, or 
                remediation of, lead contamination.
            ``(4) Guidance; public availability.--As a condition of 
        receiving a grant under this subsection, an eligible entity 
        shall--
                    ``(A) expend grant funds in accordance with--
                            ``(i) the guidance of the Environmental 
                        Protection Agency entitled `3Ts for Reducing 
                        Lead in Drinking Water in Schools: Revised 
                        Technical Guidance' and dated October 2006 (or 
                        any successor guidance); or
                            ``(ii) applicable State regulations or 
                        guidance regarding the reduction of lead in 
                        drinking water in schools that is not less 
                        stringent than the guidance referred to in 
                        clause (i), as determined by the Administrator;
                    ``(B) make publicly available, including, to the 
                maximum extent practicable, on the Internet website of 
                the eligible entity, a copy of the results of any 
                testing for lead contamination in school drinking water 
                that is carried out with funds under this subsection; 
                and
                    ``(C) notify parent, teacher, and employee 
                organizations of the availability of the results 
                described in subparagraph (B).''.
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