Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp, LLP

Users Guide to California Water Rights

Much editorial space has been devoted of late to stories about surface water - water from lakes, rivers and streams - and who has a right to use it, who is using too much of it, and who is being hardest hit by the current…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

State Water Board Extends Storm Water Permit Deadline to Aug. 14

On Wednesday, July 1, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) announced it would extend the deadline for enrolling under the new Industrial General Permit (IGP) for Storm Water Discharges (Permit No…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Supreme Court Overturns EPA Limits on Power Plants

On June 29, the United States Supreme Court nixed the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Standard, limiting emissions of mercury and other pollutants from power plants. The challengers…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Irrigation District Sues, Says State Board Lacks Jurisdiction to Curtail Senior Water Rights

On June 26, the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) filed a petition for writ of mandate in Contra Costa County Superior Court requesting that the Court set aside the State Water Resources Control Board’s June 12, 2015…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

New Water Rule Isn't The End of The Story

It appears that Godot has finally made an appearance. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released their final rule, years in the making, defining "waters of the United States" under the…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Clean Water Act: New Rule Significantly Expands Reach of Federal Jurisdiction

On May 27, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) finalized the long-anticipated Clean Water Rule. The Rule defines the term “waters of the United States” as used by the…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Far-Reaching Information Request on Nanoscale Chemical Substances Proposed by EPA

For the first time, and after multi-year negotiations with, and review by, the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to use its authority under the federal Toxic Substances…more
| Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology, Toxic Torts

Landowners, Developers Win Big In Wetlands Case

Building on a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Eighth Circuit ruled on April 10th that Clean Water Act jurisdictional determinations made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can be challenged in a “pre-enforcement” context…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Ninth Circuit Addresses Several CERCLA Issues of First Impression in the Circuit

In AmeriPride Services Inc. v. Texas Eastern Overseas Inc., the Ninth Circuit examined several issues under CERCLA, some of which were issues of first impression in the Circuit, including: - Whether a district court must…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Environmental Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate - Commercial

UPDATE: Citadel Dumps Challenge to San Benito County Hydraulic Fracturing Ban

Citadel Exploration has abandoned its legal challenge to San Benito County’s Measure J, a voter-sponsored initiative that banned several enhanced recovery methods of extracting oil and gas, including hydraulic fracturing and…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

California Issues Emergency Regulations Restricting Underground Injection in Connection with Oil and Gas Recovery

The California Department of Conservation (“Department”) proposes to adopt emergency regulations purported to bring California’s underground injection control program into compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act…more
| Conflict of Laws, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Rage Rises To The Top At BLM's New Fracking Rules

On March 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the issuance of a final rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The rule will regulate fracking in…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

New Prop. 65 Regulations Being Considered in California

For nearly three decades, California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as “Proposition 65," has, under specified conditions, required businesses that sell or distribute products in California…more
| Environmental Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Dividing CERCLA Site Just Won't Cut It On Liability

In an order on March 3, U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach, who is presiding over the long-running Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act litigation concerning the Lower Fox River and Green…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Environmental Law, Toxic Torts, Real Estate - Commercial

Ruling Complicated Use of CEQA's Categorical Exemptions

Categorical exemptions from environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, do not apply to projects involving a reasonable possibility of a significant effect on the environment due to unusual…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential
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