Judge Finds State’s Environmental Review of AB 32 Scoping Plan Inadequate


In a tentative ruling last month, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith said the Air Resources Board violated CEQA by failing to properly study alternatives to plans it has adopted. Goldsmith said the air board cannot certify a document known as the “scoping plan” for AB 32 — which seeks to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 — until it completes more analysis on its cap-and-trade and other plans. A final ruling could come this week.

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