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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

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor proposes $6 billion water bond for California: Bloomberg - Aug 6: California Governor Jerry Brown has called on lawmakers to put a $6 billion “no-frills” bond measure on the...more

8/12/2014 - Drought Environmental Policies High-Speed Rail State of Emergency Water Water Supplies

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - State Lands Commission files suit to overturn S.F.'s Prop. B: SFGate.com - Jul 15: The State Lands Commission filed suit Tuesday to overturn San Francisco's voter-approved limits on...more

8/12/2014 - Beachfront Properties Drake's Bay Drought Endangered Species Act ESA Listings Ports Real Estate Development Treasure Island Water Rights

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Appellate court upholds environmental work for high-speed rail via Pacheco Pass: Fresno Bee - Jul 24 -- State appeals justices on Thursday upheld a lower court's approval of an...more

8/11/2014 - CEQA Energy Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies Fracking Fracking Bans High-Speed Rail Marijuana Oil & Gas Railways Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Richmond approves massive Chevron refinery project with $90 million in community benefits: Contra Costa Times - Jul 30: Chevron's five year-plus quest to initiate a $1 billion upgrade...more

8/6/2014 - Caltrans Chevron Desalination Environmental Impact Report EPA Fracking Fracking Bans Highways Infrastructure Municipal Bonds Oil & Gas Refineries Trade Associations Waste Treatment Facilities Water Well Drilling

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus: House holds hearing on proposed ‘Waters of the United States’ rule - Association of California Water Agencies - Jul 9: The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing...more

7/14/2014 - Cap-and-Trade Chemical Safety Board Chevron City of Los Angeles Clean Water Act Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Water Waters of the United States

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Second leg of California bullet-train line approved: SFGate.com - Jun 27: On June 27, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation gave its approval for work to begin on the second leg...more

7/10/2014 - Bonds California Air Resources Board Cap-and-Trade Carbon Off-Set Credits DOT Drake's Bay Drought Fish and Wildlife Service High-Speed Rail Offsets Surface Transportation Surface Transportation Board Trains Water Water Resources Control Board

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Focus: Supreme Court upholds EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from large stationary sources – but scolds EPA for overreaching in its regulatory approach - Allen Matkins - Jun 24: On...more

7/3/2014 - BACT Clean Air Act Climate Change Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permits Power Plants SCOTUS Title V Utilities Sector Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA

Supreme Court Upholds EPA's Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Large Stationary Sources – But Scolds EPA For...

On Monday, June 23, in a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency partially invalidated and partially upheld U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA")...more

6/26/2014 - BACT Clean Air Act Climate Change Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permits Power Plants SCOTUS Title V Utilities Sector Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - June 2014 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus: Long-term money a big boost for California's high-speed rail - Contra Costa Times - Jun 17: Gov. Jerry Brown scored a win for California's $68 billion high-speed rail project by...more

6/24/2014 - Carbon Emissions CEQA Contaminated Properties Environmental Policies Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hazardous Substances High-Speed Rail Railways

EPA Extends Comment Period on New Rule regarding "Waters of the United States"

As previously reported, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have jointly proposed a regulation re-defining the term “waters of the United States.” If adopted, the regulation would...more

6/17/2014 - Clean Water Act EPA Jurisdiction US Army Corps of Engineers Water Waters of the United States

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - June 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Kings County lawsuit challenges Fresno-Bakersfield high-speed rail: Fresno Bee - Jun 5: The Kings County Board of Supervisors, the Farm Bureau, and a group of county residents filed...more

6/16/2014 - CEQA Drought Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies High-Speed Rail Oil & Gas Railways State of Emergency Tesla

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