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A federal lawsuit filed against EPA last week alleges that the agency has failed to meet an October 2020 deadline to issue revised regulations related to consumer confidence reports (CCRs) produced by community water systems to inform the public about water quality.

Legislation
enacted in 2018 gave EPA 24 months to issue revisions to its CCR regulations with the goal of increasing the “readability, clarity, and understandability” of the information within. The legislation also specified that the revised CCR rule must require community water systems serving more than 10,000 people to provide a CCR to each customer at least biannually, though the precise scope of that requirement would be determined by EPA during the rulemaking process.

The lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) charges that EPA failed to finalize or even propose any revised CCR regulations by the statutory deadline of October 23, 2020, and alleges that the agency has not consulted with stakeholder organizations about potential revisions, as required by law. NRDC’s suit requests that EPA be ordered to issue revised CCR regulations by a date certain to be determined by the court.