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A bipartisan group of six former EPA administrators is endorsing a series of recommendations from former agency staff and political officials to “reset” the agency so that it can tackle looming major environmental issues such as climate change with a forward-looking plan that includes removing politics from its scientific and economic analyses.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is rejecting a push by the federal government and the oil sector to rehear a panel ruling allowing cities’ climate nuisance cases to proceed in state court, echoing the court’s decision from a week ago that also rejected calls to reconsider its ruling in a separate nuisance suit.

Arizona environmentalists are stepping up their legal attacks on the state’s implementation of Clean Air Act mandates to achieve federal air standards, filing a new suit aimed at forcing EPA to require tougher emission controls on sources of ozone air pollution and at forcing Arizona to craft “contingency” standards if ozone limits are not met.

Two federal circuit courts have ruled recently in favor of allowing a degree of flexibility in determining the triggers for two different statutes of limitations when filing Superfund cost recovery actions or contribution actions, rejecting lower court decisions that held the actions were time-barred.

Environmental groups are urging the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to strengthen EPA’s rules on discharges from steam-powered electrical utilities, arguing in part that a recent district court ruling highlights shortcomings in the agency’s social cost of carbon (SCC) used to help develop the power plant water rule.

The trucking and construction industries are citing the Trump EPA’s justification for revoking California’s Clean Air Act (CAA) preemption waiver for passenger vehicle greenhouse gas standards in their renewed lawsuit seeking to scrap an Obama-era waiver for the state to set stricter “non-road” diesel engine rules.

The Truck & Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) is urging EPA to ensure that future cost-benefit analyses of rulemakings include the nationwide and cumulative costs of California’s mobile source regulations that are tougher than federal rules under Clean Air Act (CAA) preemption waivers.