The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed a lawsuit February 17 challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to adopt more stringent ozone air quality standards, saying that it does not have jurisdiction over the agency’s decision to abandon plans to establish more protective standards. The court also set a briefing schedule on a long-delayed case challenging ozone standards set in 2008. In 2008, the agency set the primary and secondary ozone national ambient air quality standards at 0.075 parts per million. After President Obama took office, the agency announced that it would reconsider the standards because the agency’s science advisers had recommended a more protective primary standard between 0.060 ppm and 0.070 ppm. During the reconsideration, a case that was brought in 2008 to challenge the standards was held in abeyance. In September 2011, the agency was scheduled to release a final rule setting the primary standard at 0.070 ppm, but the president intervened, saying that he did not want to increase regulatory burdens, and the American Lung Association, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Appalachian Mountain Club filed a petition for review in October challenging the administration’s decision.