Robert Thornton

Robert Thornton

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[Event] Nossaman's 2015 Environmental and Land Use Seminar - September 22nd, Newport Beach, CA

Nossaman will host a complimentary half-day seminar comprised of panel discussions on a spectrum of critical federal and state environment and land use issues, including new federal rules implementing the Clean Water Act and...more

9/15/2015 - CEQA Clean Water Act Drought Endangered Species Act Events Land Use Restrictions Land-Use Permits Real Estate Development

California Supreme Court Ponders Greenhouse Gas, Fully Protected Species Issues

The California Supreme Court heard argument on September 2, 2015 in a greenhouse gas (GHG) and fully protected species case with important state-wide implications. (Center for Biological Diversity v. Department of Fish and...more

9/5/2015 - CA Supreme Court CARB CEQA Conservation Endangered Species Act Environmental Impact Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions Judicial Review Popular US Fish and Wildlife Service

California Supreme Court Ponders Fully Protected Species Issues

On September 2, 2015, the California Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case involving fully protected species that may have important state-wide implications. (Center for Biological Diversity v. Department of Fish and...more

9/4/2015 - CA Supreme Court California Air Resources Board California Endangered Species Act CEQA Conservation Endangered Species Endangered Species Act Environmental Impact Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions Habitat Conservation Plan State Department of Fish and Wildlife

Ninth Circuit Critical Habitat Decision Casts Shadow On Habitat Conservation Plan “No Surprises” Assurances

In a decision that casts a shadow on the enforceability of contractual assurances in habitat conservation plan (“HCP”) agreements, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected various Endangered Species Act...more

6/26/2015 - Endangered Species Act Habitat Conservation Plan NEPA US Fish and Wildlife Service

Fish & Wildlife Service Finds That Gnatcatcher Delisting May Be Warranted

Continuing the quarter century controversy over the listing of the Coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) as a threatened subspecies, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has concluded that a...more

1/2/2015 - Administrative Procedure Act Delisting Endangered Species Act ESA Listings US Fish and Wildlife Service

Proposed Critical Habitat Rules Change Reach of the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service have proposed two important new rules implementing the critical habitat provisions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 79 Fed.Reg. 27060 (May 12,...more

7/25/2014 - Critical Habitat Endangered Species Endangered Species Act ESA ESA Listings Habitat Conservation Plan National Marine Fisheries Service New Regulations Sierra Club US Fish and Wildlife Service

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 US Fish and Wildlife Service

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

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

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