H.R.4666 - Chesapeake Bay Watershed Nutrient Removal Assistance Act107th Congress (2001-2002)
Text: H.R.4666 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)
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Introduced in House (05/07/2002)
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[Congressional Bills 107th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 4666 Introduced in House (IH)] 107th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4666 To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide assistance for nutrient removal technologies to States in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES May 7, 2002 Mr. Tom Davis of Virginia (for himself, Mr. Ehrlich, Mr. Hoyer, Mrs. Morella, Mr. Gilchrest, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Moran of Virginia, Mr. Scott, Mr. Wynn, Mr. Holden, Mr. Hoeffel, Mr. Hinchey, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Goodlatte, Ms. Norton, Mr. Bartlett of Maryland, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Cummings, and Mr. Walsh) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide assistance for nutrient removal technologies to States in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. 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 ``Chesapeake Bay Watershed Nutrient Removal Assistance Act''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- (1) nutrient pollution from point sources and nonpoint sources continues to be the most significant water quality problem in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; (2) a key commitment of the Chesapeake 2000 agreement, an interstate agreement among the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the District of Columbia, and the States of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, is to achieve the goal of correcting the nutrient-related problems in the Chesapeake Bay by 2010; (3) by correcting those problems, the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries may be removed from the list of impaired bodies of water designated by the Administrator under section 303(d) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1313(d)); (4) nearly 300 major sewage treatment plants located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed annually discharge approximately 60,000,000 pounds of nitrogen, or the equivalent of 20 percent of the total nitrogen load, into the Chesapeake Bay; and (5) nutrient removal technology is 1 of the most reliable, cost-effective, and direct methods for reducing the flow of nitrogen from point sources into the Chesapeake Bay. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to provide financial assistance to States and municipalities for use in upgrading publicly-owned wastewater treatment plants in the Chesapeake Bay watershed with nutrient removal technologies; and (2) to further the goal of restoring the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay to conditions that are protective of human health and aquatic living resources. SEC. 3. SEWAGE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY GRANT PROGRAM. The Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``TITLE VII--MISCELLANEOUS ``SEC. 701. SEWAGE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY GRANT PROGRAM. ``(a) Definition of Eligible Facility.--In this section, the term `eligible facility' means a municipal wastewater treatment plant that-- ``(1) as of the date of enactment of this title, has a permitted design capacity to treat an annual average of at least 500,000 gallons of wastewater per day; and ``(2) is located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed in any of the States of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia or in the District of Columbia. ``(b) Grant Program.-- ``(1) Establishment.--Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this title, the Administrator shall establish a program within the Environmental Protection Agency to provide grants to States and municipalities to upgrade eligible facilities with nutrient removal technologies. ``(2) Priority.--In providing a grant under paragraph (1), the Administrator shall-- ``(A) consult with the Chesapeake Bay Program Office; ``(B) give priority to eligible facilities at which nutrient removal upgrades would-- ``(i) produce the greatest nutrient load reductions at points of discharge; ``(ii) result in the greatest environmental benefits to local bodies of water surrounding, and the main stem of, the Chesapeake Bay; and ``(iii) take into consideration the geographic distribution of the grants. ``(3) Application.-- ``(A) In general.--On receipt of an application from a State or municipality for a grant under this section, if the Administrator approves the request, the Administrator shall transfer to the State or municipality the amount of assistance requested. ``(B) Form.--An application submitted by a State or municipality under subparagraph (A) shall be in such form and shall include such information as the Administrator may prescribe. ``(4) Use of funds.--A State or municipality that receives a grant under this section shall use the grant to upgrade eligible facilities with nutrient removal technologies that are designed to reduce total nitrogen in discharged wastewater to an average annual concentration of 3 milligrams per liter. ``(5) Cost sharing.-- ``(A) Federal share.--The Federal share of the cost of upgrading any eligible facility described in paragraph (1) using funds provided under this section shall not exceed 55 percent. ``(B) Non-federal share.--The non-Federal share of the costs of upgrading any eligible facility described in paragraph (1) using funds provided under this section may be provided in the form of funds made available to a State or municipality under-- ``(i) any provision of this Act other than this section (including funds made available from a State revolving fund established under title VI); or ``(ii) any other Federal or State law. ``(c) Authorization of Appropriations.-- ``(1) In general.--There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $132,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2003 through 2007. Such sums shall remain available until expended. ``(2) Administrative costs.--The Administrator may use not to exceed 4 percent of any amount made available under paragraph (1) to pay administrative costs incurred in carrying out this section.''. <all>