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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 - 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 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

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

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 - 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

EPA Endorses New ASTM Phase I Standard

The ASTM standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments was recently revised by ASTM International and, on August 15, 2013, in a direct final rulemaking likely to become effective this November, the new standard was...more

8/23/2013 - ASTM Environmental Policies EPA New Regulations

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 1, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus: Groups concerned over California Environmental Quality Act revisions - Sacramento CBS Local - Jul 29 -- A coalition of business, housing and local government leaders is warning...more

8/5/2013 - CEQA Environmental Policies EPA Fracking Storm Water Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - June 5, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Senate unanimously backs changes to CEQA: The Sacramento Bee - May 29 -- "Unanimous" and "CEQA" (the California Environmental Quality Act) are two words not often found in...more

6/17/2013 - CEQA Climate Change EPA Fracking Natural Gas

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - April 25, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - ..Bills to create CEQA courts hinge on funding question: California lawmakers are considering legislation that would assign specialized judges to hear California Environmental...more

4/26/2013 - Canada Carbon Auctions CEQA EPA FDA Food Safety Greenhouse Gas Emissions Groundwater High-Speed Rail

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - April 8, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA proposes rules to lower sulfur in fuel; Home Depot pays $8 million to settle California paint lawsuit; Center for Biological Diversity sues federal government over...more

4/9/2013 - Department of Fish and Wildlife Department of the Interior Earthquakes EPA Flame Retardant Fracking Home Depot Permits Pesticides Plastic Bag Bans

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - March 22, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - U.S. top court rules for timber industry over road runoff; U.S. Supreme Court grants review of plan by forest service to manage Sierra Nevada; Federal Appeals Court...more

3/25/2013 - CEQA Clean Water Act Coal EPA Forest Service Fracking Logging SCOTUS Subrogation Superfund Wal-Mart

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - March 7, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Little unity over California's cap-and-trade program; California cancels carbon permit reserve sale after no bids; Obama names McCarthy to top EPA post; Peninsula cities...more

3/11/2013 - BPA Cap-and-Trade CEQA EPA Fracking Permits Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - February 7, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Solar development absorbing California farmland; Vast oil reserve may now be within reach, and battle heats up; Arizona sues U.S. EPA over coal power plant emissions;...more

2/8/2013 - Climate Change Coal Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil Reserves Ports Power Plants SCAQMD Solar Energy

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 31, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - California defeats lawsuit against cap-and-trade program; Court says EPA overestimates biofuels production; California proposes to list BPA as a Proposition 65 reproductive...more

2/1/2013 - Biofuel BPA Cap-and-Trade CEQA EPA Shell Oil Wind Power

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 23, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - A conversation with outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; A Challenge To Obama's Climate Change Pledge; BLM pulls proposed fracking rules, works on new version; Six Top...more

1/31/2013 - Climate Change Endangered Species Act EPA Fracking Parcel Tax Power Plants

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 16, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - High court to hear case on Port of L.A.'s Clean Truck Program; NRC chief says San Onofre plant won't reopen until its safety is certain; Ranchers sue to prevent federal...more

1/17/2013 - Clean Air Act Clean Truck Program Clean Water Act EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Nuclear Power Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 10, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Supreme Court rejects Ninth Circuit ruling on County of L.A. storm water discharges; Federal judge halts major Lake Tahoe ski resort expansion; Lawsuit seeks to stop Rose...more

1/11/2013 - Clean Air Act Clean Water Act Contamination Department of Fish & Game Department of Fish and Wildlife Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies EPA Fracking Injunctions Los Angeles County Flood Control District NFL Nonpollutants Permits Rose Bowl SCOTUS Storm Water TMDL

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 20, 2012

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus California oil land auction draws widespread criticism; New air pollution standards restrict soot particles; Air Resources Board approves carbon offset registries; EPA...more

12/24/2012 - CERCLA Clean Air Act Environmental Policies EPA Wastewater

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 12, 2012

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Looking ahead: Obama's second term environmental policy; Judge: San Diego transportation plan fails to consider California's climate policy, greenhouse gas emissions;...more

12/14/2012 - California Air Resources Board Clean Water Act Climate Change EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions National Environmental Policies Storm Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 5, 2012

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Oral arguments in stormwater cases before the Supreme Court prompt early reactions; EPA rule complicates runoff case for Justices; EPA faces legal action on carbon...more

12/7/2012 - EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Storm Water

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