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Developers and businesses take note: as the feds roll back wetland regulation, California is stepping in

by DLA Piper on

Land developers, commercial property owners and industrial entities should closely watch the major shifts in the ways significant wetland habitats are regulated, as the Trump Administration strips away relevant federal...more

Trump Signs Executive Order to Streamline Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 15, President Donald J. Trump signed a second executive order "streamlining" the federal environmental permitting process with a goal of making construction of transportation, water, and other infrastructure...more

Environmental Issues that Arise in Retail and Other Commercial Businesses

by Murtha Cullina on

Owners, lessors, lessees, and developers of retail and other commercial properties are often unaware of the scope of environmental laws that apply to their businesses and/or properties. Unfortunately, they often become aware...more

CA Supreme Court Holds CEQA Not Preempted by Federal Rail Transportation Law for Projects Carried Out by State Agencies

by Perkins Coie on

The California Supreme Court has issued its decision in Friends of the Eel River v. North Coast Railroad, an important case regarding preemption of state environmental law by the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act...more

Calif. High Court: U.S. Rail Law Doesn't Categorically Pre-empt CEQA on Public Entity Projects - Decision Sets Up Showdown with...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Cal. Pub. Res. Code §21000 et seq., imposes significant procedural and substantive requirements on private and public projects throughout the state. However, even a state law...more

Considerations for Participants in the Expanding Market for Compensatory Mitigation Credits

by Sullivan & Worcester on

In a recent blog post, we described the basic statutory and regulatory framework supporting the increasing popularity of mitigation banking. In this update, we offer some additional observations for property owners and other...more

Commercial building efficiency opportunities

by PretiFlaherty on

A report prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that the nation's commercial building sector has significant potential to save energy by improving control measures and...more

California Supreme Court Sides with Coastal Commission in Case Challenging Permit Conditions - Ruling Holds That Property Owners...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Lynch v. California Coastal Comm'n, __ Cal.5th __, No. S221980, 2017 WL 2871762, 2017 Cal. LEXIS 5054 (Cal. July 6, 2017), the Supreme Court of California held that the owners of bluff-top residences along the California...more

Germany Publishes Meeting Report from Expert Dialogue on Application of Nanotechnologies in the Construction Sector

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 1, 2017, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety published meeting documents from the Expert Dialogue on “Opportunities and Risks of the Application of...more

Rover pipeline HDD spill investigation

by PretiFlaherty on

Federal energy regulators overseeing the development of a new interstate natural gas pipeline have announced the opening of an investigation, following the inadvertent release of about 2 million gallons of drilling fluid from...more

Transformational Brownfield Projects Eligible for Substantial Tax Incentives Under Recently Enacted Legislation

by Miller Canfield on

Brownfield redevelopment authorities and developers and owners of transformational brownfield redevelopment projects are eligible for substantial tax incentives under legislation signed by Governor Snyder on June 8,...more

Call for Projects: Tunisia Launches its Renewable Energy Program

by Jones Day on

The Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has launched the first phase of its renewable energy program, which includes the development of 210 megawatts ("MW") as follows...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 - #3

by Holland & Knight LLP on

L.A. to Legalize Residential Units Previously Created in Violation of Building Code - On May 10, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that would permit previously unapproved dwelling...more

The FY2017 Budget Continues to Support Army Corps Activities

by Downey Brand LLP on

On Friday May 5 President Trump signed the budget deal that allows the Federal government to move from its one week continuing resolution to an adopted budget for the 2017 Fiscal Year....more

Baker-Polito Administration Launches Programs for Affordable Access to Clean Energy

The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced a set of six new programs seeking to increase affordable access to clean energy and energy efficiency programs in the Commonwealth. These new programs build upon the efforts...more

Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach

by Downey Brand LLP on

On March 30, 2017, in the first of at least three CEQA rulings expected this year, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach. In a unanimous opinion...more

Mexico Introduces Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection Provisions for Hydrocarbon Pipelines

by Jones Day on

On March 31, 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources published general administrative provisions in the Official Gazette of the Federation. These administrative provisions establish the guidelines for...more

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Listing Begins to Sting

by Locke Lord LLP on

On April 17, 2017, a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois granted a temporary restraining order halting construction of a six-mile stretch of highway in suburban Chicago in response to allegations by project...more

First Quarter CEQA Update in Under 60 Seconds

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Okay, maybe slightly longer than 60 seconds. The point being, though, that CEQA case updates really should not read like law school case briefs. Long discussion of the lower court’s findings? No thank you. ...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - April 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

San Francisco Ordinance Invalidated in Victory for Landlords - In Coyne v. City and County of San Francisco, No. A145044 (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 21, 2017), the California Court of Appeal invalidated a San Francisco...more

California Appellate Court Upholds Negative Declaration for County "Up-Zoning" Ordinance - Aptos Council v. County of Santa Cruz...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Aptos Council v. County of Santa Cruz ruling also clarifies CEQA "Piecemeal" Doctrine - The Sixth District Court of Appeal's recent decision in Aptos Council v. County of Santa Cruz provides useful California...more

California SB 71 Could Give New Meaning—and New Construction Costs—to the Word “Sunroof”

For builders working in California—already one of the most expensive states for new construction—a new bill winding its way through the legislature could add yet more costs. For this reason, Senate Bill 71 (SB 71) should be...more

How to Effectively Manage Vapor Intrusion Risks When Acquiring and Developing Property

With increasing concern and attention being raised by regulatory agencies and the public on protecting building occupants from exposure to vapor intrusion (VI)-related contaminants, parties acquiring and developing property...more

Planning highlights from 2016 and looking forward to 2017

by DLA Piper on

There is no way of getting away from it – housing has dominated planning changes and proposed further reform. It represents the focus running through the Government's planning reform proposals over the last year and is set to...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work. Washington Post - Mar 27 New research suggests that programs for improving energy...more

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