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www.agc.orgJuly 7, 2010
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House Committee Approves Drinking Water Legislation
Progress on Buy American
AGC Explores New Federal Rules for Stormwater Runoff from Construction Sites, Provides In-Depth Q&A Analysis
EPA Releases Updated Clean Water Needs Survey to Congress
Municipal & Utilities Leadership
Art Daniel
AR Daniel Construction Services, Incorporated
Cedar Hill, Texas
Vice Chairman
Gene Shull
A E Shull & Company
Tyler, Texas
Utility Market Network Chair
Mike Murphy
Turner Murphy Company, Incorporated
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Utility Regulatory
Network Chair

Trey Pebley
McAllen Construction
McAllen, Texas
Utility Liaison Network Chair
Larry Conner, Jr.
Aaron J. Conner General Contractors
Roanoke, Virginia
Damage Prevention
Subcommittee Chair

Toni Lynn Pascal
Pascal Construction Company
Golden, Colorado
House Committee Approves Drinking Water Legislation

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed H. R. 5320, the Assistance, Quality, And Affordability Act Of 2010, or Aqua Act. The legislation originally authorized $14.7 billion dollars over five years for the EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF). Due to objections from Republican committee members, changes were approved by the bi-partisan leadership of the committee to lower the proposal to $4.8 billion over three years and scale back provisions involving mitigation and treatment of  endocrine disrupting chemicals,  which  are increasingly showing up in water systems nationwide.  Instead, the legislation calls for additional EPA studies on the matter.

The presence of the these substances in drinking water are largely thought to be result of  pharmaceuticals and personal care products, which resurface in tap water after being flushed down toilets or drains. These products are among those targeted for user fees to finance H.R. 3202, the AGC-supported water trust fund legislation. 

Despite AGC’s opposition, the committee accepted an amendment offered by Representative Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) and other members that applied “Buy American” requirements modeled after the Recovery Act.  The legislation also applies Davis Bacon prevailing wages to SRF federal assistance.

While the inclusion of Recovery Act “Buy American” language and decreased authorization level is disappointing, passage of this legislation signifies an important development in continuing to move forward on a full reauthorization of both the Clean Water SRF, which has passed the full House in H.R. 1262, and  companion legislation reauthorizing both programs in S.1005, which is currently stalled in the Senate.

AGC anticipates that this legislation will move to the floor of the House for a vote by the full body in the near term. Prospects for movement on the Senate SRF bill are improving with the House committee’s passage of the Aqua Act. AGC and the WIN Coalition are still working steadfastly to bring the Senate bill to the floor for a vote in this Congress.

For more information, contact Perry L. Fowler at or (703) 837-5321. Return to Top

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