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It's Final—State Water Board Adopts New Industrial General Permit for Storm Water Discharges

On April 1, 2014, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) unanimously adopted a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for the Discharge of Storm Water Associated...more

4/14/2014

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal agencies release proposed rule on Clean Water Act jurisdiction: Los Angeles Times - Mar 25 -- On Tuesday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army...more

3/31/2014 - CEQA Clean Water Act Environmental Policies EPA

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus - DWR must acquire properties before testing tunnel for diversion of water to Southern California - CourtHouse News - Mar 17: A California appellate court ruled last week that, before...more

3/25/2014 - Drought Energy Policy Environmental Policies FAA Water Water Supplies

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Court of Appeals upholds determination: Reuters - Mar 14 - The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected a challenge to a determination by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service...more

3/18/2014 - Critical Habitat Endangered Species Act Environmental Policies Fish and Wildlife Service Solar Energy Solar Farm Water Water Supplies

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - March 11, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - California lawmakers pass $687 billion drought plan -- San Francisco CBS Local - Feb 27: California lawmakers have passed a $687 million plan to provide immediate relief to...more

3/11/2014 - Carbon Emissions Drinking Water Drought Energy Efficiency Environmental Policies EPA Fuel Standards 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 - February 13, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Sens. Feinstein, Boxer propose emergency drought legislation: SFGate - Feb 13: Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer proposed emergency drought legislation Tuesday ahead of President...more

2/19/2014 - Carbon Emissions Drought Environmental Policies EPA Farms Fracking Greenhouse Gas Emissions State of Emergency Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - February 7, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Steinberg bill aims to ease California drought: The Sacramento Bee - Feb 3 -- California’s Senate leader is drafting legislation that would expedite help for communities facing what may...more

2/7/2014 - Climate Change Drought Farms Hazardous Substances Keystone XL Pipeline Redevelopment

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

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

U.S. EPA Amends Its "All Appropriate Inquiries Rule" To Reference Updated Standards for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

On December 30, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended its All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Rule, codified in 40 CFR Part 312, to include a specific reference to the updated ASTM International Standard...more

1/8/2014 - ASTM Environmental Assessments Environmental Policies EPA

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 19, 2013

California plans tighter control of hydraulic fracturing, but not enough for some - New York Times - Dec 13: California oil and gas companies using hydraulic fracturing to tap the nation’s largest oil shale formation...more

12/19/2013 - Air Pollution DTSC Fracking Nuisance Plastic Bag Bans Trespass Waste Disposal

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 12, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Intends to Add Trichloroethylene (TCE) To Proposition 65 Reproductive Toxicity Lis: BNA - Dec 12 - California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has...more

12/12/2013 - High-Speed Rail Proposition 65 Renewable Energy

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 25, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California releases new regulations for hydraulic fracturing: San Jose Mercury News - Nov 22 - California’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has released proposed...more

11/25/2013

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 19, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Court Upholds State's Authority to Sell Carbon Allowances at Auction: Reuter's - Nov 14 -- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) can sell carbon emission allowances at...more

11/19/2013 - Bureau of Land Management California Air Resources Board Carbon Emissions Department of Fish and Wildlife Environmental Policies Solar Energy

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 - October 17, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus -Federal Shutdown Impacts EPA Staff: The Guardian - Oct 2 -- Nearly all of the 16,205 employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) across the country, with oversight of air...more

10/18/2013 - Air Pollution EPA Food Labeling GMO Government Shutdown Groundwater Proposition 65 Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 18, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus: Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA Rules on Gas Emissions - New York Times - Oct 18: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a major case challenging Environmental Protection...more

10/18/2013 - Caltrans Environmental Impact Report EPA Fracking Greenhouse Gas Emissions

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 27, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown signs bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing in California: Reuters - Sep 20 -- California's first legislatively-mandated regulations on hydraulic fracturing and related...more

9/27/2013 - Carbon Emissions Coal Industry EPA Fracking Fuel Standards Hazardous Substances Jerry Brown Lead Paint Waste Disposal

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 25, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - Proposition 65 Reform Passes Legislature, Heads to Governor's Desk: Sacramento Business Journal - Sep 12 -- At least one effort to reform the state of California’s requirements for...more

9/25/2013 - Chemicals Environmental Policies Hazardous Substances Jerry Brown Proposed Legislation

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 - September 5, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - Superior Court upholds California Air -- Sacramento Business Journal - Sep 3: A Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled the state’s 2006 climate change law, Assembly Bill 32, gives...more

9/5/2013 - Cap-and-Trade CARB Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies Fracking Bans Greenhouse Gas Emissions

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 30, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - South Coast Air Quality Management District to begin monitoring air pollution alongside Southern California freeways: Los Angeles Times - Aug 25 -- Air quality regulators will begin...more

9/3/2013

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