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Small and Rural Community Clean Water Technical Assistance Act

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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES

 

Mr. Faulhammer (for himself, Mr. Wicker, Ms. Heitkamp, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Barrasso, Mr. Crapo, Mr. Franken, Ms. Hirono, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Manchin, Mr. Risch, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Tester, Mr. Enzi, and Mrs.Capito) introduced the following bill;


A BILL

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for technical assistance for small treatment works.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Small and Rural Community Clean Water Technical Assistance Act”.

SEC. 2. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL TREATMENT WORKS.

(a) In General.—Title II of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1281 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 222. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL TREATMENT WORKS.

“(a) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) QUALIFIED NONPROFIT SMALL TREATMENT WORKS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDER.—The term ‘qualified nonprofit small treatment works technical assistance provider’ means a nonprofit organization that, as determined by the Administrator—

“(A) is qualified and experienced in providing training and technical assistance to small treatment works; and

“(B) the small treatment works in the State finds to be the most beneficial and effective.

“(2) SMALL TREATMENT WORKS.—The term ‘small treatment works’ means a publicly owned treatment works serving not more than 10,000 individuals.

“(b) Technical Assistance.—The Administrator may use amounts made available to carry out this section to provide grants or cooperative agreements to qualified nonprofit small treatment works technical assistance providers to provide to owners and operators of small treatment works onsite technical assistance, circuit rider technical assistance programs, multi-State, regional technical assistance programs, and onsite and regional training, to assist the small treatment works in achieving compliance with this Act or obtaining financing under this Act for eligible projects.

“(c) Authorization Of Appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section for grants for small treatment works technical assistance, $15,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.

“SEC. 223. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR MEDIUM TREATMENT WORKS.

“(a) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) MEDIUM TREATMENT WORKS.—The term ‘medium treatment works’ means a publicly owned treatment works serving not fewer than 10,001, and not more than 75,000, individuals.

“(2) QUALIFIED NONPROFIT MEDIUM TREATMENT WORKS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDER.—The term ‘qualified nonprofit medium treatment works technical assistance provider’ means a qualified nonprofit technical assistance provider of water and wastewater services to medium-sized communities that provides technical assistance (including circuit rider technical assistance programs, multi-State, regional assistance programs, and training and preliminary engineering evaluations) to owners and operators of medium treatment works, which may include a State agency.

“(b) Technical Assistance.—The Administrator may use amounts made available to carry out this section to provide grants or cooperative agreements to qualified nonprofit medium treatment works technical assistance providers to provide to owners and operators of medium treatment works onsite technical assistance, circuit-rider technical assistance programs, multi-State, regional technical assistance programs, and onsite and regional training to assist medium treatment works that are facing difficulty in achieving compliance with this Act or obtaining financing under this Act for eligible projects.

“(c) Authorization Of Appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.”.

(b) Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Funds.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 603 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1383) is amended—

(A) in subsection (d)—

(i) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting “and as provided in subsection (e)” after “State law”;

(ii) by redesignating subsections (e) through (i) as subsections (f) through (j), respectively; and

(iii) by inserting after subsection (d) the following:

“(e) Additional Use Of Funds.—A State may use an additional 2 percent of the funds annually allotted to the State under this section for qualified nonprofit small treatment works technical assistance providers (as the term is defined in section 222) and qualified nonprofit medium treatment works technical assistance providers (as the term in defined in section 223) to provide technical assistance to small treatment works (as the term is defined in section 222) and medium treatment works (as the term is defined in section 223) in the State.”.

(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Section 221(d) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1301(d)) is amended by striking “section 603(h)” and inserting “section 603(i)”.

 

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