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110th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                     110-30

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                  WATER QUALITY FINANCING ACT OF 2007

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 March 5, 2007.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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Mr. Oberstar, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                             together with

                             MINORITY VIEWS

                        [To accompany H.R. 720]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 720) to amend the Federal Water 
Pollution Control Act to authorize appropriations for State 
water pollution control revolving funds, and for other 
purposes, having considered the same, report favorably thereon 
with an amendment and recommend that the bill as amended do 
pass.

    The amendment is as follows:
    Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
following:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    (a) In General.--This Act may be cited as the ``Water Quality 
Financing Act of 2007''.
    (b) Table of Contents.--

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
Sec. 2. Amendment of Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

              TITLE I--TECHNICAL AND MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE

Sec. 101. Technical assistance.
Sec. 102. State management assistance.
Sec. 103. Watershed pilot projects.

               TITLE II--CONSTRUCTION OF TREATMENT WORKS

Sec. 201. Sewage collection systems.
Sec. 202. Treatment works defined.
Sec. 203. Policy on cost effectiveness.

        TITLE III--STATE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL REVOLVING FUNDS

Sec. 301. General authority for capitalization grants.
Sec. 302. Capitalization grant agreements.
Sec. 303. Water pollution control revolving loan funds.
Sec. 304. Allotment of funds.
Sec. 305. Intended use plan.
Sec. 306. Annual reports.
Sec. 307. Technical assistance.
Sec. 308. Authorization of appropriations.

                      TITLE IV--GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 401. Definition of treatment works.
Sec. 402. Funding for Indian programs.

                            TITLE V--STUDIES

Sec. 501. Study of long-term, sustainable, clean water funding.
Sec. 502. Feasibility study of supplemental and alternative clean water 
funding mechanisms.

                        TITLE VI--TONNAGE DUTIES

Sec. 601. Tonnage duties.

SEC. 2. AMENDMENT OF FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT.

    Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this Act an 
amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal 
of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to 
be made to a section or other provision of the Federal Water Pollution 
Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.).

              TITLE I--TECHNICAL AND MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE

SEC. 101. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.

    (a) Technical Assistance for Rural and Small Treatment Works.--
Section 104(b) (33 U.S.C. 1254(b)) is amended--
          (1) by striking ``and'' at the end of paragraph (6);
          (2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (7) and 
        inserting ``; and''; and
          (3) by adding at the end the following:
          ``(8) make grants to nonprofit organizations--
                  ``(A) to provide technical assistance to rural and 
                small municipalities for the purpose of assisting, in 
                consultation with the State in which the assistance is 
                provided, such municipalities in the planning, 
                developing, and acquisition of financing for wastewater 
                infrastructure assistance;
                  ``(B) to provide technical assistance and training 
                for rural and small publicly owned treatment works and 
                decentralized wastewater treatment systems to enable 
                such treatment works and systems to protect water 
                quality and achieve and maintain compliance with the 
                requirements of this Act; and
                  ``(C) to disseminate information to rural and small 
                municipalities and municipalities that meet the 
                affordability criteria established under section 
                603(i)(2) by the State in which the municipality is 
                located with respect to planning, design, construction, 
                and operation of publicly owned treatment works and 
                decentralized wastewater treatment systems.''.
    (b) Authorization of Appropriations.--Section 104(u) (33 U.S.C. 
1254(u)) is amended--
          (1) by striking ``and (6)'' and inserting ``(6)''; and
          (2) by inserting before the period at the end the following: 
        ``; and (7) not to exceed $75,000,000 for each of fiscal years 
        2008 through 2012 for carrying out subsections (b)(3) and 
        (b)(8), except that not less than 20 percent of the amounts 
        appropriated pursuant to this paragraph in a fiscal year shall 
        be used for carrying out subsection (b)(8)''.
    (c) Competitive Procedures for Awarding Grants.--Section 104 (33 
U.S.C. 1254(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
    ``(w) Competitive Procedures for Awarding Grants.--The 
Administrator shall establish procedures that, to the maximum extent 
practicable, promote competition and openness in the award of grants to 
nonprofit private agencies, institutions, and organizations under this 
section.''.

SEC. 102. STATE MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE.

    Section 106(a) (33 U.S.C. 1256(a)) is amended--
          (1) by striking ``and'' at the end of paragraph (1);
          (2) by striking the semicolon at the end of paragraph (2) and 
        inserting ``; and''; and
          (3) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:
          ``(3) such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 
        1991 through 2007, and $300,000,000 for each of fiscal years 
        2008 through 2012;''.

SEC. 103. WATERSHED PILOT PROJECTS.

    (a) Pilot Projects.--Section 122 (33 U.S.C. 1274) is amended--
          (1) in the section heading by striking ``wet 
        weather