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Federal Agency Approvals Beyond the Scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

In the last month, two separate federal district courts have declined to extend the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C. §§ 703-712 (MBTA), to federal agency approvals of projects that plaintiffs alleged could...more

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

EPA and the Army Corps Propose Rules Expanding Clean Water Act Jurisdiction, Potentially Affecting Everyone Who Uses Lands Where...

On March 25, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) jointly released a long-awaited proposed rulemaking that would redefine the scope of their shared jurisdiction...more

California High Speed Rail Authority Gains New Approvals to Move Project Forward: Eminent Domain Proceedings Commenced on Eight...

Despite recent obstacles, the California High Speed Rail Authority (the “Authority”) remains steadfast in its determination to complete the high-speed rail project (the “Project”), bolstered by recent approvals from various...more

SB 1270 Proposes Significant California Mining Reform

The recent submittal of significant proposed revisions to California's mining law, the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act ("SMARA"), signals potentially broad-reaching changes to the statute. On February 21, 2014, Senator...more

Construction and Land Use Newsletter - March 2014

Please see full newsletter below for more information. - Lorton Landfill Dispute Nearing Board of Supervisors’ Review - I Know My (Vested) Rights! Developing a Project in a Changing Climate - Excerpt from...more

Changes To California Title 24 Energy Use Requirements Effective July 1, 2014

On July 1, 2014, 2013 CALGreen, Part 11, Title 24, of the California Code of Regulations will go into effect. As a result, certain nonresidential additions and alterations will trigger compliance with more stringent...more

Governor's Budget Proposal Throws a Life Preserver to the High-Speed Rail Project

On the heels of Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenney’s decision halting an $8 billion bond sale for the construction of the California high-speed rail (“HSR”) project, Governor Jerry Brown has submitted a...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds BLM’s Environmental Assessment Allowing Expansion of the Reid Gardner Generating Station

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld summary judgment in favor of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding its assessment of the potential environmental impact of a proposed expansion of the Reid Gardner...more

EARL e-News: DHEC Publishes Updated List of Exempt Sources of Air Emmissions

On November 22, 2013, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) published a list of source for which no construction permit is required. ...more

Environmental Law Alert: FWS Extends Eagle "Take" Permit to 30 Years | What You Need to Know

It's official. On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ("FWS") issued for public inspection a final rule to extend the maximum term for programmatic "take" permits under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act ("Eagle...more

The Keystone Pipeline's Legacy in Texas Condemnation Law

Construction of the 485-mile-long southern portion of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline system (known as the Gulf Coast Project) is scheduled to be completed and operational by the end of 2013, but it leaves a legacy of...more

House Passes Bill to Expedite Natural Gas Pipeline Permits

On November 21, 2013, the House voted 252-165 in favor of H.R. 1900, also known as the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (“Act”), to expedite the process for obtaining a pipeline permit from the Federal Energy...more

Secretary's Order Encourages Mitigation Efficiency and Predictability for Infrastructure Development Projects on Federal Lands

On October 31, 2013, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell issued Order No. 3330 to establish a Department-wide mitigation strategy that focuses on mitigation opportunities at the landscape level. Order No. 3330 is part of a...more

Proposed Amendments to VSMP Regulations Would Move Goal Posts

The State Water Control Board recently issued a Public Notice concerning proposed amendments to the Virginia Stormwater Management Regulations, 9 VAC 25-870, et seq. (the “Regulations”), and indicated it will consider those...more

Low Impact Development’s Supersized Stamp on California Storm Water Regulation

Without much fanfare, low impact development (“LID”) practices have become a dominant trend in federal and California storm water regulation. The California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) and the Regional...more

CSLB Warns Contractors to Dial Before You Dig

The California Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”) is warning contractors that it’s stepping up its CSLB enforcement activities against contractors who excavate without permits. Under the law, contractors are required to...more

Seventh Circuit Draws Roadmap For Section 404 Review Of Major Infrastructure Projects

A recent opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit provides a useful roadmap for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ review of major infrastructure projects under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. See...more

Next Application Period Approaches for New Jersey Solar Applications

On October 15, 2013, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (the Board) will begin accepting applications for solar projects under Subsection (q) of the New Jersey Solar Act (the Act). See N.J.S.A. 48:3-87(q). ...more

Third Circuit Dismisses NSR Action Against Coal Plant, Affirms Limits of Clean Air Act Liability

On August 21, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit roundly dismissed an enforcement action brought under the federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and several...more

Court of Appeal Rules Setting Thresholds is Not a "Project" Under CEQA - Air District’s CEQA Thresholds for Greenhouse Gases...

Yesterday, the Court of Appeal for the First District issued its ruling in California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District. In a win for public agencies, the court held that establishing...more

Proposed Building Code Amendment is Harsh Reflection of Glaring Controversy

In what came as a complete surprise to many in the development industry, an otherwise low-profile City of Dallas board, the Building Inspection Advisory, Examining and Appeals Board, met on July 11 to recommend approval of a...more

Mining Review -- July 2013: Ontario Securities Commission Review of Technical Reports Identifies “Unacceptable” Level of...

On June 27, 2013, Staff of the Ontario Securities Commission (Staff) released OSC Staff Notice 43-705 – Report on Staff’s Review of Technical Reports by Ontario Mining Issuers (the Notice). The Notice provides an overview of...more

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Rejects Agreement on Offshore Wind Project

On July 19, 2013, the New Jersey Board of Utilities (the Board) rejected a stipulated agreement that would have allowed New Jersey’s first offshore wind energy project to move forward. The Board’s failure to approve the...more

Retroactive Stormwater Permitting of Existing Development – Coming to a Parking Lot Near You?

On July 10, 2013, a consortium of environmental organizations filed a petition with the U.S. EPA, asking the Agency to make a determination under the Clean Water Act (CWA) that stormwater discharges from impervious surfaces...more

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