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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 #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 - 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 #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 #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 - 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 - 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 - 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

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 - 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

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 25, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus: Interior Chief defends federal hydraulic fracturing regulations -- Bloomberg - Jul 18: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell drew on her experience as a former oil-industry engineer to defend...more

7/26/2013 - Chemicals Contaminated Properties Contamination Environmental Claims Environmental Policies Fracking Mining Natural Gas Natural Resources Oil & Gas Resource Extraction Toxic Exposure Trade Secrets

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 9, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - Gov. Brown joins move to rewrite California's Prop. 65 - The Sacramento Bee - May 7: Gov. Jerry Brown is throwing his weight behind a push to update Proposition 65, California's defense...more

5/10/2013 - Auction Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies Oil & Gas Pollution Control Toxic Exposure Warning Labels

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - March 15, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - California considering 25 projects for carbon offset credits; Tactics divide agencies in Chevron probe; Bill proposed to ban lead ammunition in California; Navy offshore...more

3/18/2013 - Ammunition Carbon Off-Set Credits Chevron Fracking Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas U.S. Navy Water

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