November 20, 2017 Illinois and Utah Rural Water Associations Stand Up for Small and Rural Communities and Against Allowing State Regulators to Force Consolidation Over Community Objections: On Wednesday, Illinois Rural Water’s Executive Director Frank Dunmire and Utah Rural Water’s National Director and NRWA Regulatory Committee Chair Paul Fulgham made presentations to the House Energy and Committee Committee staff and the staff of the Committee’s Chairman, Representative John Shimkus (IL). The two rural water representatives urged the Chairman to drop the “mandatory consolidation” provision in the Committee’s Safe Drinking Water Act amendment, HR 3387. The rural water team explained that states currently have powers of condemnation, emergency actions, and receivership that provide for the necessary due process for the citizens of any community in question. The Committee’s new federal authority for state regulatory agencies circumvents current due process to the detriment of local citizens and governments.
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