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SA 241. Mr. RISCH (for himself and Mr. Barrasso) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 493, to reauthorize and improve the SBIR and STTR programs, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the end, add the following:
(a) Definitions.--In this section:
(1) ADMINISTRATOR.--The term "Administrator" means the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
(2) SMALL SYSTEM.--The term "small system" means a public water system (as defined in section 1401 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300f)) that serves not more than 10,000 individuals.
(b) Suspension of Enforcement.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, subject to paragraph (2), none of the funds made available by this or any other Act may be used for the enforcement of national primary drinking water regulations promulgated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.) until such date as the Administrator--
(A) implements a program to provide to small systems subject to those regulations, using the authority available to the Administrator under that Act, financial and technical assistance for use in complying with those regulations; and
(B) ensures that sufficient funds have been made available under this section to assist each small system in meeting requirements under those regulations.
(2) CONTINUED SUSPENSION.--If, after the date described in paragraph (1), a small system certifies to the Administrator that the small system lacks funds necessary to comply with the regulations referred to in paragraph (1) for a fiscal year, the Administrator shall suspend enforcement of the regulations (including any action to assess or collect a fine under the regulations) with respect to the small system for the fiscal year.

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Mar 16, 2011.)