Groups sue EPA for missing drinking-water deadlines

The Waterkeeper Alliance, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, and California Coastkeeper Alliance say EPA failed to meet requirements in the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Feb 5th, 2019
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WASHINGTON, DC, FEB 5, 2019 --On January 30, 2019, The Waterkeeper Alliance, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, and California Coastkeeper Alliance sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stating EPA has failed to meet requirements in the Safe Drinking Water Act by "not revising regulatory standards on certain contaminants or developing new standards for emerging contaminants of concern."

Specifically, the lawsuit indicates EPA has failed to develop new regulations for tetrachloroethylene or trichloroethylene (TCE). Other contaminants of concern listed in the lawsuit are: chromium, including hexavalent chromium; chlorite; Cryptosporidium; haloacetic acids; heterotrophic bacteria; Giardia lamblia; Legionella; total trihalomethanes; and viruses.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, implores EPA to comply with deadlines that Congress wrote into the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1996.

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