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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

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 19, 2013

California plans tighter control of hydraulic fracturing, but not enough for some - New York Times - Dec 13: California oil and gas companies using hydraulic fracturing to tap the nation’s largest oil shale formation...more

12/19/2013 - Air Pollution DTSC Fracking Nuisance Plastic Bag Bans Trespass Waste Disposal

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 12, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Intends to Add Trichloroethylene (TCE) To Proposition 65 Reproductive Toxicity Lis: BNA - Dec 12 - California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has...more

12/12/2013 - High-Speed Rail Proposition 65 Renewable Energy

DOGGR Releases Proposed Regulations and Interim Compliance Notice Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing and Acidization

Following the recent passage of Senate Bill 4 ("SB 4"), California's controversial new law addressing well stimulation techniques including hydraulic fracturing (sometimes called fracking) and acidization, the California...more

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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 25, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California releases new regulations for hydraulic fracturing: San Jose Mercury News - Nov 22 - California’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has released proposed...more

11/25/2013

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 19, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Court Upholds State's Authority to Sell Carbon Allowances at Auction: Reuter's - Nov 14 -- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) can sell carbon emission allowances at...more

11/19/2013 - Bureau of Land Management California Air Resources Board Carbon Emissions Department of Fish and Wildlife Environmental Policies Solar Energy

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 5, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus: California's New Hydraulic Fracturing Law Cited In Pending CEQA Lawsuit: EnergyWire - Oct 30 -- Earlier this year, the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthworks and...more

11/5/2013 - CEQA DOGGR Environmental Claims Environmental Policies Fracking High-Speed Rail Oil & Gas

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 28, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Greenhouse Gas Dispute Dismissed Over Lack of Standing to Sue - CourtHouse News - Oct 17: Environmental groups lack standing to challenge the Washington state Ecology Department's...more

10/28/2013 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Energy Energy Efficiency Energy Policy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Grid Energy Storage Oil & Gas Renewable Energy

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 17, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus -Federal Shutdown Impacts EPA Staff: The Guardian - Oct 2 -- Nearly all of the 16,205 employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) across the country, with oversight of air...more

10/18/2013 - Air Pollution EPA Food Labeling GMO Government Shutdown Groundwater Proposition 65 Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 18, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus: Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA Rules on Gas Emissions - New York Times - Oct 18: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a major case challenging Environmental Protection...more

10/18/2013 - Caltrans Environmental Impact Report EPA Fracking Greenhouse Gas Emissions

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 27, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown signs bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing in California: Reuters - Sep 20 -- California's first legislatively-mandated regulations on hydraulic fracturing and related...more

9/27/2013 - Carbon Emissions Coal Industry EPA Fracking Fuel Standards Hazardous Substances Jerry Brown Lead Paint Waste Disposal

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 25, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - Proposition 65 Reform Passes Legislature, Heads to Governor's Desk: Sacramento Business Journal - Sep 12 -- At least one effort to reform the state of California’s requirements for...more

9/25/2013 - Chemicals Environmental Policies Hazardous Substances Jerry Brown Proposed Legislation

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 16, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Lawmakers approve bill to aid Sacramento NBA arena: Modesto Bee - Sep 12 -- On the last day of the legislative session, and only after last-minute negotiations and bill revisions,...more

9/16/2013 - CEQA Environmental Policies Fracking Bans High-Speed Rail NBA Oil & Gas Solar Energy Sports

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