California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 6, 2012

by Allen Matkins
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Environmental and Policy Focus

California's first auction of greenhouse-gas credits nears

Los Angeles Times - Nov 5

After six years of preparation, California is poised to become the first state to combat global warming by capping greenhouse gas emissions and making major polluters pay to release more of these gases into the atmosphere.

Group drops suit, clearing way for NFL stadium

Los Angeles Times - Nov 1

A coalition of anti-poverty groups has agreed to drop a lawsuit involving the developer of a proposed NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, clearing the last remaining legal obstacle to the city's approval of the $1.2-billion project.

Environmental groups sue over Mojave water plan

YubaNet.com - Nov 2

Conservation groups filed a second lawsuit last week in San Bernardino County Superior Court challenging San Bernardino County for failing to provide environmental review and violating its own groundwater ordinance on the Cadiz water project, which would take more than 16 billion gallons of water per year from the Mojave Desert and pump it to southern Orange County.

EPA Slams Hyundai And Kia For Overestimating MPG

Forbes - Nov 2

Based on an Environmental Protection Agency audit and investigation resulting from consumer complaints regarding overstated fuel economy estimates, Hyundai and Kia have agreed to lower the posted mileage ratings on the majority of their model-year 2012 and 2013 fleets and will reimburse owners for the discrepancy.

Confusion clouds California groundwater regulations

Western Farm Press - Nov 4

Confusion continues to cloud how growers can best do their part to cut down on underground water contamination in the most productive area of California’s Central Valley.

Contaminated sediment gone at WR Grace property in Acton, Concord

Boston Globe - Nov 3

Nearly 30 years after the W.R. Grace property in Acton and Concord was designated as a national hazardous waste site, environmental officials have removed all contaminated sediment and constructed new ground-water treatment systems. The US Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it has completed all construction activity at the site, but will continue to monitor activity there for the foreseeable future.

Fight intensifies over NW coal exports

Fox News - Nov 3

The progressive college town of Bellingham, Washington, has turned into a battleground in the debate over whether the Pacific Northwest should become the hub for exporting U.S. coal to Asia. Five ports proposed for Washington and Oregon could ship as much as 140 million tons of coal, mostly from the Rockies, where it could travel by rail through communities such as Spokane, Seattle and Eugene, Oregon, before being loaded onto ships bound for Asia. The Cherry Point marine terminal would be the largest coal-export port in the U.S., exporting up to 54 million tons of bulk commodities, mostly coal.

Court denies request to stop Willits bypass

Ukiah Daily Journal - Nov 3

A federal judge in San Francisco denied a request from a group of five environmental and farming groups to delay the beginning of construction for the Willits Bypass project.

Newhall Land alleges judge presiding over its cases has conflict

Los Angeles Times - Nov 2

Attorneys for the company accuse Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ann I. Jones of failing to disclose her work with environmentalists in an effort to stop a land division near her Santa Clarita Valley home. The Newhall Land and Farming Co. has filed a motion in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging that a judge presiding over its controversial development cases has a conflict of interest and asking that she disqualify herself.

Scientists: Calif. rice farmers best at reducing emissions

The West Ag News - Nov 5

Researchers who published a recent study on rice paddies and climate change say California producers appear to be doing better than the rest of the world at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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