Sandi L. Nichols

Sandi L. Nichols

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - In sharp reversal, California suspends mandatory water restrictions - New York Times - May 18 - The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Wednesday suspended its...more

5/23/2016 - Affordable Housing California Coastal Commission CPUC EPA Ex Parte Ex-Parte Communications Indictments Natural Gas Oil & Gas Oil Spills Pipelines Safety Violations State Water Boards Water Water Conservation

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Some emergency drought rules might be eased - Los Angeles Times - May 9 - Governor Jerry Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Monday laid out a revised...more

5/16/2016 - CEQA Drought Environmental Policies EPA Methane Natural Gas Oil & Gas Rehabilitation and Restoration Plans State Water Boards Water

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - Judge refuses to halt Delta land sale to Metropolitan Water District - Sacramento Bee - May 1 - San Joaquin Superior Court Judge Barbara Kronlund last Friday declined to grant a...more

5/9/2016 - Arsenic California Coastal Commission CEQA DTSC Exxon Mobil Preemption Real Estate Development Water Management

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2016 #5

Environmental and Policy Focus - Lawsuit claims Delta fish harmed by relaxed water standards - Modesto Bee - Apr 25 - Relaxed water quality standards during the drought have harmed salmon, smelt, and other fish...more

5/2/2016 - Clean Water Act Drought EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Habitat Conservation Plan Infrastructure Inland Waterways State Water Boards Wildlife Protection

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - Three Michigan state and local officials face first criminal charges in Flint water crisis - The Guardian - Apr 20 - Three state and local officials involved in Flint’s water...more

4/25/2016 - Air Pollution Environmental Policies EPA Groundwater Oil & Gas Water

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Metropolitan Water District signs deal to buy Delta islands for $175 million - Sacramento Bee - Apr 11 - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) signed a...more

4/18/2016 - Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies EPA Inland Waterways Lead Mercury

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal and state officials sign Klamath River dam removal deal - San Jose Mercury News - Apr 7 - The governors of California and Oregon and several other state, federal, power,...more

4/11/2016 - Air Pollution Dams Electricity Environmental Policies Exxon Mobil Hydropower Oil & Gas Oil Spills Porter Ranch Refineries Storm Water Water Water Conservation

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - Justices suggest support for landowners in wetlands case - Bloomberg - Mar 30 - U.S. Supreme Court justices across the ideological spectrum signaled in oral argument this week...more

4/4/2016 - Air Quality Standards Clean Water Act Cleanup Doctrine Environmental Review Farms Groundwater Hawkes Co v United States Army Corps of Engineers Land Owners Oil & Gas SCOTUS Water Resources Control Board Wetlands

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Bill would limit communications with California Coastal Commission: Santa Barbara Independent - Mar 23 - State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson announced plans to introduce a bill...more

3/28/2016 - Bureau of Reclamation California Coastal Commission CARB Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Environmental Litigation Lobbyists Lumber Liquidators Nestle Permits State Contractors Water Water Rights Water Usage

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - State Water Project allocation increased to 45 percent - Western Farm Press - Mar 17 - This year’s “miracle March” boosted water supply conditions well enough in California for...more

3/21/2016 - Air Pollution CARB Department of Water Resources Endangered Species Environmental Policies EPA Offshore Drilling Oil & Gas SCAQMD Sea Levels State Water Project Water Supplies Waterfront Properties

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - Community and environmental groups sue South Coast Air District over rules adoption - Los Angeles Times - Mar 9 - Community groups and environmentalists filed suit this week...more

3/14/2016 - Air Quality Standards Carbon Emissions Coal Environmental Policies EPA Forest Service Groundwater Management Plan High-Speed Rail Land Owners Power Plants SCOTUS SGMA US Fish and Wildlife Service Water

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - Marin assemblymember proposes Australian water trading market approach to address drought - Marin Independent Journal - Feb 29 State Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-Marin County, has...more

3/7/2016 - Australia Ballot Measures Building Permits CEQA Drought Oil & Gas Oil by Rail Shopping Centers Sustainable Ground Water Management Act Urban Planning & Development Water Water Supplies

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - State Water Project deliveries to cities and farms increased SFGate - Feb 24 With a bit more snow in the Sierra than in years past, California officials on Wednesday boosted the...more

2/29/2016 - Air Quality Standards Coastal Real Estate Department of Water Resources Environmental Policies Environmental Violations Farms Natural Gas Oil & Gas Public Access Laws SCAQMD Storage Tanks Toxic Spills Wastewater

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Proposed ballot initiative would shift funding from high speed rail to new water projects - Los Angeles Times - Feb 15 - The state’s powerful agriculture industry and its...more

2/22/2016 - Agricultural Land Barack Obama Environmental Policies Greenhouse Gas Emissions High-Speed Rail Land Preservation Oil & Gas Oil by Rail State Budgets US Army Corps of Engineers Water Conservation Water Quality Control Boards

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Supreme Court deals blow to President Obama’s efforts to regulate power plant greenhouse gas emissions - New York Times - Feb 9 - In a major setback for President Obama’s...more

2/15/2016 - California Coastal Commission Cattle Clean Power Plan Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions National Parks Order to Stay Power Plants Proposed Legislation Renewable Energy SCOTUS Water

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - California extends mandatory water cuts despite growing snowpack - Sacramento Bee - Feb 2 - California’s drought regulators agreed Tuesday to extend water conservation mandates...more

2/8/2016 - Air Pollution California Air Resources Board Center for Biological Diversity Drought Exxon Mobil FERC Fracking Hydropower Natural Gas Pipelines Renewable Energy Shipping Southern California Gas Company Water Conservation Water Resources Control Board

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - States ask Supreme Court to block Obama carbon emissions plan - Reuters - Jan 26 - A group of states led by West Virginia and Texas asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay...more

2/1/2016 - Bureau of Land Management California Coastal Commission Center for Biological Diversity CEQA Clean Power Plan Federal Highway Administration Greenhouse Gas Emissions Methane Mining Motion To Stay Natural Gas Permits SCOTUS Sierra Club Southern California Gas Company State Water Project

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - SoCal Gas Co. expects to cap Porter Ranch gas leak ahead of schedule - CBS Los Angeles - Jan 19 An ongoing natural gas leak that has affected residents in the Porter Ranch-area...more

1/25/2016 - CEQA Contamination Drought Environmental Impact Report (EIR) EPA Governor Brown Methane Natural Gas Southern California Gas Company Water

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - State lawmaker seeks to close old SoCal Gas wells in Aliso Canyon - Los Angeles Business - Jan 12 State Senator Fran Pavley is calling for Southern California Gas Co. to close older...more

1/18/2016 - Automobile Recall CARB CEQA Clean Air Act Violations Clean Water Act Crops Diesel Fuel Environmental Policies EPA Food Safety Natural Gas Oil & Gas Southern California Gas Company Volkswagen Waste Disposal Wastewater Water Water Quality Water Resources Control Board Water Rights

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - Gov. Brown declares state of emergency over natural gas leak - San Diego Union Tribune - Jan 6 - California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Wednesday over a...more

1/11/2016 - Clean Air Act Violations Contaminated Properties DOJ EPA Governor Brown High-Speed Rail Natural Gas Southern California Gas Company State of Emergency Superfund Volkswagen Water Conservation Water Resources Control Board

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court rejects mandatory "reverse CEQA" analysis Allen Matkins - Dec 18 - The California Supreme Court issued its long awaited opinion yesterday in California...more

12/22/2015 - Arctic Drilling Bay Area Air Quality Management District CA Supreme Court California Building Industry Association (CBIA) Carbon Emissions CEQA Climate Action Plan Comcast EPA Hazardous Waste MATS Oil & Gas Ports Shell Oil Water Resources Control Board

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether landowners can challenge federal Water Act jurisdiction through pre-enforcement review - Reuters - - Dec 11 The U.S. Supreme Court on...more

12/15/2015 - Air Quality Standards Clean Water Act CPUC Drinking Water Drought Greenhouse Gas Emissions Land Owners Natural Gas Power Plants Private Utility San Diego Gas & Electric SCOTUS Uranium Water Resources Control Board

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2015

Environmental and Policy Focus: California high court deals blow to Newhall Ranch development project in Los Angeles County - KPCC: - Nov 30 The California Supreme Court on Monday rejected the environmental...more

12/7/2015 - Bay Area Air Quality Management District CA Supreme Court Carbon Emissions Climate Action Plan Climate Change Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Nestle Refineries Renewable Energy Water Conservation Water Supplies

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - November 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus: San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board amends regional MS4 permit to provide alternate compliance: Allen Matkin - Nov 19: On Wednesday afternoon, the San Diego Regional Water...more

11/23/2015 - Barack Obama Drought EPA GMO Governor Brown Lead NPDES Oil & Gas Permits Salmon Water Quality Control Boards

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - November 2015 #1

Environmental and Policy Focus - MWD will try to buy Delta islands for water storage, habitat purposes: Los Angeles Times - Nov 10: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) board voted on Tuesday to...more

11/16/2015 - Ballot Measures CEQA City of Los Angeles Coal Keystone XL Pipeline Monsanto Oil & Gas Storm Water Toxic Chemicals Water Resources Control Board Water Supplies

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