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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

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - June 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: California is ahead of EPA on climate rules - Los Angeles Times - Jun 5: In 2006, when California adopted AB 32, its landmark global warming law, it acted virtually alone. Now, the state...more

6/10/2014 - BP Environmental Review EPA Fracking Global Warming Greenhouse Gas Emissions Medical Marijuana Oil & Gas Power Plants Proposed Regulation Real Estate Development U.S. Navy

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: U.S. officials cut estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 96% - Los Angeles Times - May 23: Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96 percent the estimated amount of...more

5/28/2014 - California Air Resources Board Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Diesel Fuel Environmental Policies Environmental Review EPA Legislative Agendas Monterey Shale NRDC Oil & Gas Proposed Legislation Refineries Surface Transportation Trucking Industry Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - New high-speed train route approved despite 'unavoidable' effects in Valley: The Fresno Bee - May 12: The California High-Speed Rail Authority approved a section of rail line from...more

5/22/2014 - Caltrans CEQA Delta Mendota Canal Department of Water Resources Environmental Assessments Environmental Impact Report High-Speed Rail Surface Transportation Water Resources Control Board

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus: Expanding the definition of "waters of the United States" – EPA's proposed new rule -- Allen Matkins - Apr 23: On April 21, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

5/19/2014 - Chromium-6 Clean Water Act Diesel Fuel Drinking Water Environmental Policies EPA Groundwater Jurisdiction Trucking Industry US Army Corps of Engineers Water Waters of the United States

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - California drought: plan would reverse aqueduct flow to send water back to farms: San Jose Mercury News - May 8: Water has flowed from Northern California's snow-capped peaks to the...more

5/19/2014 - CEQA Drought Environmental Policies EPA Farms NDRC Pipelines SCOTUS Water Water Quality Control Boards

Expanding the Definition of "Waters of the United States" – EPA's Proposed New Rule

On April 21, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers formally proposed a rule establishing a regulatory definition of the term "waters of the United States." This...more

4/23/2014 - Clean Water Act EPA US Army Corps of Engineers Water Waters of the United States

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal agencies release proposed rule on Clean Water Act jurisdiction: Los Angeles Times - Mar 25 -- On Tuesday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army...more

3/31/2014 - CEQA Clean Water Act Environmental Policies EPA

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus - DWR must acquire properties before testing tunnel for diversion of water to Southern California - CourtHouse News - Mar 17: A California appellate court ruled last week that, before...more

3/25/2014 - Drought Energy Policy Environmental Policies FAA Water Water Supplies

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Court of Appeals upholds determination: Reuters - Mar 14 - The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected a challenge to a determination by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service...more

3/18/2014 - Critical Habitat Endangered Species Act Environmental Policies Fish and Wildlife Service Solar Energy Solar Farm Water Water Supplies

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - March 11, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - California lawmakers pass $687 billion drought plan -- San Francisco CBS Local - Feb 27: California lawmakers have passed a $687 million plan to provide immediate relief to...more

3/11/2014 - Carbon Emissions Drinking Water Drought Energy Efficiency Environmental Policies EPA Fuel Standards Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - February 21, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - White House proposes new fuel efficiency rules to reduce emissions from heavy trucks: Los Angeles Times - Feb 18 - President Obama moved ahead Tuesday with plans to further tighten...more

2/25/2014 - Air Pollution CEQA Environmental Policies Fuel Standards Oil & Gas Renewable Fuel Standard Trucking Industry

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - February 13, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Sens. Feinstein, Boxer propose emergency drought legislation: SFGate - Feb 13: Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer proposed emergency drought legislation Tuesday ahead of President...more

2/19/2014 - Carbon Emissions Drought Environmental Policies EPA Farms Fracking Greenhouse Gas Emissions State of Emergency Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - February 7, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Steinberg bill aims to ease California drought: The Sacramento Bee - Feb 3 -- California’s Senate leader is drafting legislation that would expedite help for communities facing what may...more

2/7/2014 - Climate Change Drought Farms Hazardous Substances Keystone XL Pipeline Redevelopment

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 31, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: Ninth Circuit debates application of dormant Commerce Clause - CourtHouse News - Jan 22: A Ninth Circuit appellate panel’s rejection of a challenge to the “life-cycle analysis” approach...more

2/4/2014 - Carbon Emissions Chevron Environmental Policies Fuel Standards Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas Renewable Fuel Standard

New Permit Requires Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids For Offshore Oil and Gas Operations in Southern California

On January 9, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 9, announced that it will require oil and gas operators engaged in hydraulic fracturing off the southern California coast to disclose any chemicals...more

1/24/2014 - Chemicals Discharge of Pollutants Disclosure Requirements Environmental Policies EPA Fracking NPDES Oil & Gas

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 17, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: Judge recommends approval of California natural gas plant -- UT San Diego - Jan 7 - An administrative law judge has urged the California Public Utilities Commission to authorize...more

1/22/2014 - CEQA Clean Water Act Energy Environmental Policies Natural Gas Oil & Gas Power Plants

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 2014

Gov. Brown wants to use cap-and-trade fees to fund high speed rail project - Insurance For Less - Jan 8: Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans to provide new funding for California’s high speed rail project from corporate...more

1/14/2014 - Air Pollution Cap-and-Trade Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies Fracking Funding Greenhouse Gas Emissions High-Speed Rail Oil & Gas Plastic Bag Bans Public Projects

U.S. EPA Amends Its "All Appropriate Inquiries Rule" To Reference Updated Standards for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

On December 30, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended its All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Rule, codified in 40 CFR Part 312, to include a specific reference to the updated ASTM International Standard...more

1/8/2014 - ASTM Environmental Assessments Environmental Policies EPA

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