Enviros threaten to sue EPA over delayed water quality reports

By Samantha Latson | 05/02/2024 01:22 PM EDT

“By failing to develop and submit to Congress updated reports in 2019, 2021 and again in 2023, EPA deprived Congress and the public of a key Clean Water Act tool,” the groups say.

Clean water pouring into someone's hands.

Environmental groups filed notice of intent to sue over EPA's failure to provide state water quality reports. Nathan Dumlao/Unsplash

Environmental groups are threatening to sue EPA over delays in issuing water quality reports, putting pressure on the Biden administration to fulfill its goal of advancing the Clean Water Act.

The Environmental Integrity Project, Waterkeeper Alliance and Center for Biological Diversity filed the notice of intent to sue the agency for “failure to perform its mandatory duty under the Clean Water Act to biennially submit state water quality reports to Congress.”

The groups argue that EPA has an obligation under the statute to “restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters.” To assess the quality of water, the biennially integrated report is issued to states to determine if waters meet quality standards.


However, the notice emphasizes that the national water report hasn’t been released publicly since 2017.