Donald Sobelman

Donald Sobelman

Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp, LLP

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CEQA Alert: The End of Level of Service (“LOS”) Analysis? OPR Proposes New Guidelines for Evaluating Transportation Impacts

On August 6, 2014, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released its preliminary recommendations for changing how transportation impacts are analyzed under CEQA: Updating Transportation Impacts Analysis in the...more

8/14/2014 - CEQA Department of Transportation Environmental Policies Public Transit Roads Surface Transportation

CEQA Alert: California Supreme Court Holds No CEQA Review is Required for Adoption of Voter-Sponsored Initiatives

On August 7, the California Supreme Court filled the last gap in the interpretation of CEQA in the context of land use initiatives. Previously, the courts had determined that (1) CEQA compliance is required for land use...more

8/11/2014 - CEQA Compliance Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies Environmental Review

CEQA Alert: Court of Appeal Blunts Latest CEQA Attack on California’s High-Speed Train System

On July 24, 2014, California’s Third Appellate District affirmed a trial court’s ruling that the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority’s) revised final program environmental impact report/environmental impact...more

8/7/2014 - Appeals CEQA Environmental Impact Report High-Speed Rail

EPA Proposes Elimination of ASTM Phase I ESA Standard E1527-05 from CERCLA All Appropriate Inquiries Rule

The EPA has announced a proposal to amend the “All Appropriate Inquiries Rule” for conducting environmental site investigations of potentially contaminated property. The proposed amendment will eliminate ASTM E1527-05...more

6/18/2014 - ASTM CERCLA Environmental Site Assessment EPA Final Rules Proposed Amendments

CEQA Alert: Court of Appeal Rules that EIR Must Analyze Correlation Between Project’s Incremental Impact on Air Quality and Impact...

In Sierra Club v. County of Fresno (opinion filed 5/27/14; link below), California’s Fifth Appellate District held that the County violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by failing to adequately analyze,...more

6/2/2014 - Air Quality Standards Appeals CEQA Environmental Impact Report Health Safety Mitigation Sierra Club Sierra Club v County of Fresno

SB 743: Tinkering with CEQA for the future

After more than 40 years on the books, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) continues to be the focus of contentious legislation seeking to reform the environmental law that dominates land development throughout...more

4/8/2014 - CEQA Environmental Policies

CEQA Alert: Court of Appeal Addresses Inadequate Blight/Urban Decay Mitigation and Energy Impact Analyses

In California Clean Energy Committee v. City of Woodland (opinion filed 2/28/14; partial publication ordered 4/1/14), the Third Appellate District ruled that the City of Woodland violated the California Environmental Quality...more

4/7/2014 - CEQA Environmental Policies Urban Planning & Development

California Water Board Finalizes New Water Quality Requirements for Industrial Facility Storm Water Discharges

For the first time in 17 years, industrial facilities in California must contend with a new set of legal requirements controlling storm water. On April 1, 2014, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State...more

4/4/2014 - Environmental Policies Storm Water Water

State Water Board to Adopt Revised Industrial Storm Water Permit on April 1, 2014

The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) recently notified the public that it will consider for adoption the final draft of the general NPDES permit that regulates storm water discharges associated...more

2/27/2014 - Clean Water Act Industrial Stormwater Rule NPDES Storm Water

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