Robert Thornton

Robert Thornton

Nossaman LLP

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Petition to Delist California Gnatcatcher Filed

Citing new genetic evidence that the coastal California gnatcatcher is not a distinct subspecies as previously claimed, but is part of a single, healthy and abundant species that ranges from Southern California to the...more

6/13/2014 - Endangered Species Endangered Species Act ESA Listings

Proposed Critical Habitat Rules Expand Reach Of Critical Habitat Protections Under The Endangered Species Act

On May 12, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed two important new rules (50 CFR Part 402 and 50 CFR Part 424) implementing the critical habitat provisions of the...more

5/14/2014 - Critical Habitat Endangered Species Endangered Species Act ESA Listings Fish and Wildlife Service

'Urban Decay' Still Plagues Calif. Big-Box Retail Plans

The California Environmental Quality Act has long been a key weapon in the ongoing war over development in California. In the last few years, the front line of the war has shifted to big-box retail projects. Originally...more

4/24/2014 - Automotive Industry CEQA Mitigation Retailers Urban Planning & Development

City Fails to Adequately Mitigate "Urban Decay" and Energy Impacts of Big Box Retail Project

In the latest decision addressing challenges to "big box" projects under the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"), on February 28, 2014, the California Court of Appeal invalidated the approval of a retail project in...more

4/7/2014 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies

California Court Recognizes Conservation Exception To Fully Protected Species Law

On an issue of first impression, a California court has created a judicial exception to the “take” prohibition in the state’s fully protected species statutes. On March 20, 2014, the California Court of Appeal held that the...more

3/31/2014 - Conservation Endangered Species Endangered Species Act Habitat Conservation Plan

9th Circ. Simplifies Enviro Process For Transit Projects

In a decision of national importance for transit and highway projects, on Feb. 18, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected environmental challenges to the 20-mile Honolulu Rail Transit Project. On the same day, the...more

3/10/2014 - Department of Transportation Environmental Assessments Environmental Policies Public Transit

Major Court of Appeals Decision Allows Construction of $5 Billion Transit Rail Project in Honolulu to Proceed

On the front page of Nossaman's website, we report on the result of decisions by the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii that allow the...more

3/4/2014 - Public Transit Public-Private Partnerships Railways

$5 Billion Honolulu Rail Transit Project Gets Green Light

In a decision of national importance for rail transit and highway projects, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected NEPA and Section 4(f) challenges to the 20-mile Honolulu Rail Transit Project. HonoluluTraffic.Com v....more

2/19/2014 - Municipalities NEPA Public Transit Railways

Court Of Appeal Upholds Polar Bear Listing Based On Climate Change Impacts

In a major victory for advocates of regulatory action to address climate change, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected challenges to the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species. ...more

3/1/2013 - Climate Change Endangered Species Act

Federal Court Allows Honolulu Rail Transit Project Construction to Proceed

In an important victory for the $5 billion Honolulu rail transit project, on December 27, 2012 the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a judgment allowing construction of the first three phases of the 20-mile Project to...more

12/28/2012 - Environmental Impact Report Public Projects Railways Transit Authority

Federal Transit Administration Executes $1.5 Billion Grant Agreement for Honolulu Rail Project

On December 19, 2012 the Federal Transit Administration executed a $1.5 billion Full Funding Grant Agreement for $ 5 billion, 20-mile, Honolulu rail transit project. The Project will serve the heavily congested corridor...more

12/20/2012 - Federal Funding Funding Public Projects Railways Transit Authority

Governor Signs Legislation Amending Fish and Game Code in Response to Input from Strategic Vision Process

On September 25, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2402 and Senate Bill 1148, which make a number of changes to the Fish and Game Code, into law. AB 2402 was sponsored by Assemblyman Jared Huffman and SB 1148...more

10/15/2012 - Department of Fish and Wildlife Funding Permits Strategic Vision Process

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