Sedina Banks

Sedina Banks

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

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Public Entities Can Inadvertently Waive Privilege in Response to a Public Records Act Request

California’s Public Records Act (PRA) law requires public entities to make their public records open for inspection and copying. Environmental practitioners often use PRA requests as a tool to obtain information regarding a...more

1/23/2015 - Attorney-Client Privilege Confidential Documents Contaminated Properties Privilege Waivers Public Entities Public Records Public Records Act

The Sunset Will Last A Little Longer — UST Fund Extended

On September 25, 2014, Governor Brown signed SB 445 (Hill) Underground storage tanks; hazardous substances: petroleum: groundwater and surface water contamination into law (UST Law). The UST Law was an urgency measure that...more

11/26/2014 - New Legislation Oil & Gas Storage Tanks Underground Regulation UST Fund

CEQA Lead Agencies Do Not Waive Defense that CEQA Did Not Apply Despite Proceeding under CEQA

Recently, the court in Rominger v. County of Colusa found that a lead agency which approved a mitigated negative declaration for a project, can take the seemingly inconsistent position that the proposed project was not a...more

11/26/2014 - CEQA Construction Industry Construction Project Construction Site Environmental Impact Report Exemptions Mitigation Real Estate Development

City’s Decision to Not Prepare an EIR Upheld Under Substantial Evidence Standard

Earlier this month, in Latinos Unidos De Napa v. City of Napa, the California Court of Appeals upheld the city of Napa’s determination that it did not have to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) under the California...more

1/7/2014 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies Evidence

ASTM Issues New Standard For Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

On November 6, 2013, ASTM revised its standard for conducting Phase I environmental site assessments, known as Standard E1527-13 (entitled “Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site...more

1/7/2014 - ASTM Environmental Assessments Environmental Policies EPA

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