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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus: California lawmakers introduce sweeping new measures to increase renewable energy, cut fossil fuel use - San Jose Mercury News - Feb 10: Last Tuesday, California lawmakers unveiled a...more

2/24/2015 - Airports Aviation Industry Clean Energy Clean Water Act Disney Drought Electricity Endangered Species Act EPA Fish and Wildlife Service Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas Power Plants Renewable Energy Water Water Supplies

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus: State Water Board launches investigation into claims of senior water rights - Allen Matkins - Feb 9: On February 4, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board issued an order seeking...more

2/18/2015 - Environmental Policies Groundwater High-Speed Rail Oil & Gas Riparian Rights Wastewater Water Water Resources Control Board Water Rights

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2015

Environmental and Policy Focus: High-speed rail project runs afoul of kit fox conservation requirements - Fresno Bee - Feb 2: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared the California High-Speed Rail...more

2/10/2015 - Conservation Endangered Species Federal Railroad Administration Fish and Wildlife Service Hazardous Waste High-Speed Rail

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Rail case heading to state Supreme Court: Willits News - Jan 27: The Supreme Court of California has accepted review of a lower court decision holding that federal law implemented by...more

2/3/2015 - CEQA Dams DOT Energy Projects Environmental Policies Farms Fish and Wildlife Service Groundwater Monterey Shale Oil & Gas Preemption Railways Surface Transportation Board Well Drilling

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2014 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from the drought: Los Angeles Times - Jan 17: A series of recent rainstorms helped deposit needed moisture to California,...more

1/27/2015 - CEQA Dams Drought High-Speed Rail Surface Transportation Board Water

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Ground broken on controversial California bullet train project - Los Angeles Times - Jan 8: On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown and other California leaders launched the state’s...more

1/27/2015 - 99 Cents Only Stores Corporate Fines Hazardous Waste High-Speed Rail Infrastructure Jerry Brown Landfills Railways Safeway Inc

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 2015

Environmental and Policy Focus: U.S. Supreme Court keeps in place protections for California's delta smelt - The U.S. Supreme Court last week kept in place environmental orders in California that protect the...more

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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: State court may tighten review process for building super-sized homes - SFGate.com - Dec 8: In a case that could redefine the scope of California’s environmental laws, the state Supreme...more

12/16/2014 - Air Pollution Building Permits Building Standards Construction Industry Environmental Impact Report EPA Natural Gas Oil & Gas San Diego Single Family Housing Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - California drought-relief bill passes House: SFGate.com - Dec 9: On December 9, the House approved a bill designed to give state and federal agencies authority to move more water in...more

12/16/2014 - Caltrain Coastal Real Estate Drought Environmental Policies New Legislation Public Access Laws

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2014 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus: New dust control method ends L.A.'s longtime feud with Owens Valley: Los Angeles Times - Nov 14: The City of Los Angeles ended a bitter dispute with Owens Valley on Friday with the...more

12/8/2014 - Air Quality Standards City of Los Angeles Delta Smelt EPA NOAA NRDC Pesticides Salton Sea Water Wind Farm Wind Power

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2014 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus: Coastal California residents using far less water - Associated Press - Nov 4: Residents in coastal communities use far less water than their inland counterparts, but still find ways to...more

12/8/2014 - Air Pollution Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry CEQA Clean Air Act Coastal Real Estate Drought EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hyundai Kia San Diego SCAQMD Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Heat, drought worsen smog in California, stalling decades of progress: Los Angeles Times - Nov 10: Heat and extreme drought have worsened smog in California over the last year, stalling...more

11/18/2014 - Air Pollution Chemical Safety Board DOGGR Drought Eminent Domain Environmental Policies Farms High-Speed Rail Oil & Gas Pesticides Refineries Well Drilling

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Coastal California residents using far less water: Associated Press - Nov 4: Residents in coastal communities use far less water than their inland counterparts, but still find ways to...more

11/11/2014 - Air Pollution Carbon Emissions Drought Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Water Water Supplies

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2014 #5

Environmental and Policy Focus: Federal Appeals Court rejects challenge to new highway linking LA and Long Beach - Courthouse News Service - Oct 31: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court ruling...more

11/4/2014 - Air Pollution Appeals Drought Environmental Impact Report Farms Highways NRDC Treasure Island Water Supplies

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2014 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - Groups sue EPA over failure to reduce air pollution: KPCC - Oct 17: Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against the U.S. Environmental...more

10/28/2014 - Air Pollution CEQA Clean Air Act Clean Water Act Environmental Impact Report EPA Mitigation Public Comment Public Meetings Real Estate Development Sewer Systems US Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2014 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Environmental groups fight Southern California tar sands oil project: Courthouse News Service - Oct 13: Kern County illegally approved expansion of a local refinery that will let it...more

10/21/2014 - Discharge of Pollutants Energy Energy Policy Environmental Policies Oil & Gas Pollution Control

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Obama to designate portion of San Gabriel Mountains a national monument: Los Angeles Times - Oct 8: President Obama plans to announce Friday that he will set aside roughly half of the...more

10/14/2014 - Barack Obama EPA Funding Infrastructure National Monument Oil & Gas Railroads Salmon Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - California becomes first state to ban plastic bags: SFGate.com - Sep 30: Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that makes California the first state in the nation to ban single-use...more

10/6/2014 - Endangered Species Act Energy Projects Grocery Stores New Legislation Oil & Gas Pharmacies Plastic Bag Bans Public Disclosure Redevelopment Retailers State and Local Government Trains Wind Farm

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 2014 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus: California acts to manage statewide groundwater issues: Allen Matkins - Sep 19: Faced with record drought and depleted groundwater supplies statewide, the California Legislature has...more

9/29/2014 - Beachfront Properties Clean Energy Energy Projects Groundwater New Legislation Oil & Gas Power Plants Renewable Energy Right of Access Trains Wastewater Water Supplies

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus: House GOP bill would speed up environmental reviews: KPCC - Sep 9: As negotiations over compromise drought legislation flounder in Congress, House Republicans are pursuing an alternative...more

9/12/2014 - Bureau of Reclamation Drakes Bay Oyster Co Drought Environmental Review Legislative Agendas NEPA Oil & Gas Pending Legislation Trains

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: Federal agency to resume leasing for hydraulic fracturing in California: ABC News - Aug 28: The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for...more

9/8/2014 - CEQA Drought Environmental Policies Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas State of Emergency Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #7

Environmental and Policy Focus - Former inspector calls for state's last nuclear plant to be closed: Los Angeles Times - Aug 25 -- A former federal inspector has urged regulators to shut down California's last...more

9/3/2014 - High-Speed Rail Nuclear Power Real Estate Development

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #6

Environmental and Policy Focus: U.S. EPA settles case over destruction of rare Central Valley wetlands: EPA - Aug 14: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced a...more

8/27/2014 - Clean Water Act Department of the Interior DOJ Endangered Species Act EPA Hetch-Hetchy National Park Service Oil & Gas Redevelopment Settlement Water Water Supplies Wetlands

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #5

Environmental and Policy Focus: The California Supreme Court further limits the scope of CEQA review for voter-sponsored initiatives: Allen Matkins - Aug 11: Voter-driven initiatives meeting California Elections Code...more

8/25/2014 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry CEQA Citizen Initiative Campaigns Energy Environmental Review High-Speed Rail Power Plants Tesla Water Supplies

Draft CEQA Guidelines Would Dramatically Alter Analysis of Transportation Impacts Under SB 743

On August 6, 2014, the California Office of Planning and Research issued a new draft guideline that could fundamentally alter the way in which transportation impacts are analyzed for purposes of review under the California...more

8/19/2014 - CEQA Department of Transportation Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies Surface Transportation

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