Text: S.1689 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 116-63 (10/04/2019)
[116th Congress Public Law 63]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
[[Page 133 STAT. 1120]]
Public Law 116-63
To permit States to transfer certain funds from the clean water
revolving fund of a State to the drinking water revolving fund of the
State in certain circumstances, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Oct. 4,
2019 - [S. 1689]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. TRANSFER AUTHORITY.
(a) Findings.--Congress finds that--
(1) lead is a toxic chemical that--
(A) is particularly harmful to young children; and
(B) can cause reduced intelligence quotients,
attention disorders, and other serious health problems;
(2) excessive and harmful levels of lead have been found in
water systems across all 50 States and those water systems serve
drinking water to millions of people in the United States;
(3) hundreds of the water systems described in paragraph (2)
are water systems that provide drinking water to schools or day
(4) not all States have sufficient funds in the drinking
water revolving fund of that State to address the threat to
public health from heightened exposure to lead in drinking
(5) some States have available funds in the clean water
revolving fund of that State that could be used to provide
additional resources to help address lead in drinking water.
(b) Definitions.--In this section:
(1) Clean water revolving fund.--The term ``clean water
revolving fund'' means a State water pollution control revolving
fund established under title VI of the Federal Water Pollution
Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1381 et seq.).
(2) Drinking water revolving fund.--The term ``drinking
water revolving fund'' means a State drinking water treatment
revolving loan fund established under section 1452 of the Safe
Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j-12).
(c) Authority.-- <<NOTE: Time
period. Consultation. Determination.>> In addition to the transfer
authority in section 302(a) of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of
1996 (42 U.S.C. 300j-12 note; Public Law 104-182), and notwithstanding
section 1452(d) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j-12(d)),
during the 1-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act,
if a State, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental
Protection Agency, determines that available funds in the clean water
revolving fund of the State are necessary to address a threat to public
health as a result of heightened exposure to lead in drinking water, the
State may transfer an
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amount equal to not more than 5 percent of the cumulative clean water
revolving fund Federal grant dollars to the State to the drinking water
revolving fund of the State. Funds transferred pursuant to this
subsection shall be used by the State to provide additional subsidy to
eligible recipients in the form of forgiveness of principal, negative
interest loans, or grants (or any combination of these).
Approved October 4, 2019.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 1689:
SENATE REPORTS: No. 116-63 (Comm. on Environment and Public Works).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 165 (2019):
Sept. 9, considered and passed Senate.
Sept. 17, considered and passed House.