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Absent Federal Policy, Governments File Tort Suits For Environmental Harms

From fossil fuels that cause climate change, to lead paint and a host of toxic chemicals, state, county and city governments are increasingly turning to common law nuisance claims to recover cleanup and other funds from manufacturers, a growing sign that federal policy may be inadequate -- or at least insufficiently funded -- to address these harms.

As part of a draft plan to encourage a variety of activities to reduce greenhouse gases from California's "natural and working lands," state air board and other agency officials are examining whether to increase the 2030 GHG-reduction target for the sector, which may bolster the state's ability to meet its ambitious 2030 goal for overall emissions.

Top EPA science advisers, including Administrator Scott Pruitt's hand-picked chairman of the agency's Science Advisory Board (SAB), are strongly criticizing the administrator's controversial plan to require only publicly available research to justify its regulations, charging it will undermine rules' integrity and was developed without adequate review.

The Trump EPA's controversial plan requiring use of publicly available research to justify rules appears to have been developed by political appointees without following the agency's usual action development process (ADP) for crafting important rules, leaving career staff and program offices out of the loop but raising doubts about how it will be finalized without them.