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EPA's Concern Over TCE Vapor Intrusion Is Misguided

On July 9, 2014, the Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund Division in Region 9 issued a memo to staff setting an “operational framework” to address “inhalation exposures [to trichloroethylene] in…more
| Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Toxic Torts, Real Estate - Commercial

Ninth Circuit Rejects Environmental Groups’ RCRA Claims Against Railyard Operators

The Ninth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of claims by environmental groups attempting to characterize air emissions from California railyards as “disposal” of waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Transportation

CEQA Alert: The End of Level of Service (“LOS”) Analysis? OPR Proposes New Guidelines for Evaluating Transportation Impacts

On August 6, 2014, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released its preliminary recommendations for changing how transportation impacts are analyzed under CEQA: Updating Transportation Impacts Analysis in the…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

CEQA Alert: California Supreme Court Holds No CEQA Review is Required for Adoption of Voter-Sponsored Initiatives

On August 7, the California Supreme Court filled the last gap in the interpretation of CEQA in the context of land use initiatives. Previously, the courts had determined that (1) CEQA compliance is required for land use…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Fracking Contractor Sentenced to 28 Months in Prison for Clean Water Act Violation

A federal court in Ohio has handed down a 28-month prison sentence and imposed a $25,000 fine for dumping fracking waste in violation of the Clean Water Act…more
| Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

CEQA Alert: Court of Appeal Blunts Latest CEQA Attack on California’s High-Speed Train System

On July 24, 2014, California’s Third Appellate District affirmed a trial court’s ruling that the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority’s) revised final program environmental impact report/environmental impact…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

EPA Is Holding Flare Users’ Feet To The Fire

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has warned industry using flaring for pollution control that it is targeting flaring violations nationwide to reduce the release of hazardous air pollutants. Originally published…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Water Issues Reframe State Fracking Debate

The debate over fracking continues nationwide, but in California there is an increasing focus on one major issue: water supply. With the state facing one of the most severe droughts on record and water regulators tightening the…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

State Water Board Approves Emergency Regulations Regarding Curtailment Orders

On July 2, the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) approved emergency regulations authorizing it to issue immediately enforceable curtailment orders to holders of surface water rights in California…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

Court of Appeal Upholds State Water Board Regulation Targeting Frost-Prevention Activities of Vineyards in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties

In Light v. State Water Resources Control Board (Opinion filed 6/16/2014), California’s First Appellate District upheld a State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) regulation that will potentially limit the amount of water…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

EPA Proposes Elimination of ASTM Phase I ESA Standard E1527-05 from CERCLA All Appropriate Inquiries Rule

The EPA has announced a proposal to amend the “All Appropriate Inquiries Rule” for conducting environmental site investigations of potentially contaminated property. The proposed amendment will eliminate ASTM E1527-05 (“Standard…more
| Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Toxic Torts, Real Estate - Commercial

State Water Board Commences Curtailment Program in Response to Statewide Drought

In the past month, the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) has issued three curtailment notices to water rights holders pursuant to the Governor’s January 17, 2014 State of Emergency Proclamation addressing…more
| Energy & Utilities

Agencies Extend Comment Period for “Waters of the United States” Proposed Rule

Having received over 60,000 comments already, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period for their proposed rule defining “waters of the United States.” The…more
| Environmental Law

EPA Releases Proposed Rule for Reducing Power Plant CO2 Emissions

Yesterday, EPA released its much-anticipated proposal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants. In its proposed rule, EPA proposes “state-specific rate-based goals for carbon dioxide…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

CEQA Alert: Court of Appeal Rules that EIR Must Analyze Correlation Between Project’s Incremental Impact on Air Quality and Impact on Human Health

In Sierra Club v. County of Fresno (opinion filed 5/27/14; link below), California’s Fifth Appellate District held that the County violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by failing to adequately analyze,…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential
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