Lucas Quass

Lucas Quass

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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State Water Resources Control Board to Consider Emergency Water Conservation Regulations in Response to Drought

Proposed Regulations to Impose Restrictions on Individuals, Urban Water Suppliers and Distributors of Public Water Supplies In response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of Emergency Drought Declaration and Proclamation of a...more

7/10/2014 - Drought Water Water Resources Control Board Water Supplies

Court Approves San Francisco's Use of Class 3 CEQA Exemption for Telecommunications Project

Opinion clarifies when projects involving the construction of hundreds of new small utility structures may be exempt from environmental review - The California Court of Appeal upheld San Francisco’s determination that...more

5/9/2014 - Appeals CEQA Class 3 Exemptions Telecommunications

CEQA Exemptions Granted for Certain State Agency Actions by Gov. Brown Proclamation

Proclamation of Continued State of Emergency Declared as Record Drought Continues - Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a Proclamation of a Continued State of Emergency in response to California’s record low water conditions...more

5/2/2014 - CEQA Drought Jerry Brown State of Emergency Water Water Supplies

Mitigate Early and Often: Four Public Agency Strategies for Streamlining Projects

BB&K's Steven Anderson and Lucas Quass Offer Tips for Environmental Mitigation - Like private development, public projects must frequently obtain and comply with a variety of state and federal regulatory permits. Too...more

3/7/2014 - Construction Contracts Environmental Assessments Environmental Policies Mitigation Public Projects

California Drought State of Emergency Calls On State & Local Agencies to Take Immediate Action

Last month, Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency in response to record-low water levels in California’s rivers and reservoirs as well as an abnormally low snowpack. This put into motion policy and...more

2/19/2014 - Drought State of Emergency Water

Resurrecting the Departed: Legal Implications of Reintroducing Revived Species

The revival of animal species that have long been extinct is no longer limited to works of science fiction such as Michael Crichton’s thriller, Jurassic Park. In 2009, a Pyrenean Ibex was cloned from frozen tissue obtained...more

1/23/2014 - Endangered Species Endangered Species Act ESA Listings

California Governor Declares Drought State of Emergency: Declaration Calls on Water Districts and Cities to Implement Water...

Governor Jerry Brown last week issued a drought state of emergency declaration in response to record-low water levels in California’s rivers and reservoirs as well as an abnormally low snowpack. The declaration, issued...more

1/22/2014 - Agricultural Workers Farms Groundwater Natural Resources State of Emergency Utilities Sector Water Supplies

Local Agencies Empowered to Order the Cleanup of Contaminated Properties - Assembly Bill 440 Provides Agencies Immunity from...

Gov. Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 440 into law, providing an important tool for local agencies to force the cleanup of contaminated properties within their borders. AB 440 builds upon the Polanco Redevelopment Act...more

11/7/2013 - Contaminated Properties DTSC Environmental Policies

Amendment to Prop 65 Provides Businesses a Grace Period: AB 227 Aims to Reduce Frivolous Lawsuits and Excessive Penalties

Gov. Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 227 into law, which amends California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, otherwise known as Proposition 65. Prop 65 provides that businesses may not expose...more

10/31/2013 - Chemicals Frivolous Lawsuits Grace Period Penalties Proposition 65 Warning Labels

Senate Bill 4 to Provide for Additional Regulation of Fracking Activities in California

State Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources to Develop Fracking Regulations - Last Friday, the governor signed Senate Bill 4, which addresses the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in...more

9/26/2013 - DOGGR Fracking Natural Gas Oil & Gas

U.S. District Court Says BLM Must Address Environmental Impacts of Fracking - Court Finds Fracking Operations are Subject to NEPA...

In an order addressing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on federal lands, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National Environmental...more

4/24/2013 - Bureau of Land Management Environmental Assessments Fracking Leases NEPA Oil & Gas

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