WASHINGTON - Clean water legislation pending in the Senate would impose expensive new unfunded federal mandates on states and might force them to use their revolving loan funds in ways that would jeopardize the tax-exempt status of their bonds, state officials warn.

The Clean Water Act reauthorization bill scheduled for consideration before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this spring would expand the universe of projects eligible for revolving fund loans to $334 billion from an estimated $200 billion, according to the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators.

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