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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 - 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

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 #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 #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 - 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

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

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

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

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

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 - 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

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