Text: H.R.6393 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)

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[Congressional Bills 111th Congress]
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[H.R. 6393 Introduced in House (IH)]

111th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 6393

  To allow certain small public water systems to request an exemption 
from the requirements of any national primary drinking water regulation 
     for a naturally occurring contaminant, and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                           September 29, 2010

   Mr. Young of Alaska (for himself and Mr. Simpson) introduced the 
   following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and 
                                Commerce

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                                 A BILL


 
  To allow certain small public water systems to request an exemption 
from the requirements of any national primary drinking water regulation 
     for a naturally occurring contaminant, and for other purposes.

    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 ``Small Community Options for 
Regulatory Equity Act of 2010''.

SEC. 2. EXEMPTION FOR NONPROFIT AND MUNICIPAL SMALL PUBLIC WATER 
              SYSTEMS RESPECTING NATURALLY OCCURRING CONTAMINANTS.

    The Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.) is amended by 
inserting after section 1416 the following:

  ``exemption for nonprofit and municipal small public water systems 
              respecting naturally occurring contaminants

    ``Sec. 1416A.  (a) Exemption.--A State exercising primary 
enforcement responsibility for public water systems under section 1413 
(or the Administrator in any nonprimacy State) shall exempt any 
nonprofit or municipal small public water system that submits a request 
in accordance with subsection (b) from the requirements of any national 
primary drinking water regulation for a naturally occurring 
contaminant.
    ``(b) Request.--To seek an exemption under this section, a 
nonprofit or municipal small public water system--
            ``(1) shall submit a written request to the State 
        exercising primary enforcement responsibility with respect to 
        the system (or the Administrator in any nonprimacy State); and
            ``(2) shall include in such request a finding under 
        subsection (c).
    ``(c) Economic Feasibility.--
            ``(1) Finding.--To seek an exemption under this section, a 
        nonprofit or municipal small public water system must find that 
        compliance by the system with the national primary drinking 
        water regulation involved is not economically feasible.
            ``(2) No review.--A finding by a nonprofit or municipal 
        small public water system under this subsection shall not be 
        subject to judicial or administrative review.
    ``(d) Definitions.--In this section:
            ``(1) The term `municipal', with respect to a small public 
        water system, means owned or operated by a municipality.
            ``(2) The term `naturally occurring contaminant' includes 
        arsenic, radon, radium, uranium, any microbial pathogen 
        (including Cryptosporidium and Giardia lamblia), and any 
        contaminant that is a disinfection byproduct (including 
        bromate, chlorite, haloacetic acids, and total 
        trihalomethanes).
            ``(3) The term `small public water system' means a public 
        water system serving 10,000 or fewer persons.''.
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