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A 6 Step Guide to Tribal Consultation Under CEQA

The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research recently issued a technical advisory aimed at providing guidelines for consultation with Native American tribes under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA),...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

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Reversing course, EPA will not delay an Obama ozone rule - Washington Post - Aug 3 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reversed its effort to delay Obama...more

CEQA Not Preempted in State-Owned Rail Project - California Supreme Court Decision Could Impact High-Speed Rail Project

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a decision that could have significant implications for California’s high-speed rail project, the California Supreme Court recently held in Friends of the Eel River v. North Coast Railroad Authority that the federal...more

“Self-Governance,” Not “Regulation”: California Supreme Court Rules No Federal Preemption of CEQA under ICCTA for State-Owned Rail...

by Downey Brand LLP on

On July 27, the California Supreme Court released its long-awaited decision in Friends of the Eel River v. North Coast Railroad Authority (S222472), resolving a split among the State’s courts of appeal—but arguably...more

California Supreme Court Holds CEQA Applies to State Entity’s Railroad Project on State-Owned Rail Line As Act of...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On July 7, 2017, the California Supreme Court filed its 69-page opinion, written by Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and joined by five other justices, in Friends of the Eel River v. North Coast Railroad Authority, et al. (2017)...more

Mid County Parkway Freeway Infrastructure Project Prevails for Second Time - BB&K Attorneys Represent RCTC; Defeat Environmental...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

For the second time, a judge has sided with Best Best & Krieger LLP environmental attorneys in a dispute over a freeway infrastructure project in Riverside County. A CEQA challenge to the project was dismissed by a Riverside...more

California Supreme Court Rejects Attorney General's Challenge to SANDAG's Transportation Plan

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The California Supreme Court, in a 6-1 ruling, in Cleveland National Forest Foundation, et al v. San Diego Association of Governments (2017) ___ Cal. 5th __, Supreme Court Case No. 5223603 held that San Diego Association of...more

Fixing Finances: The Department of Water Resources Seeks Validation of Bonds to Fund the California WaterFix Project

by Nossaman LLP on

The California Department of Water Resources (“DWR”) filed a validation action on July 21, 2017, in the Sacramento County Superior Court, seeking to confirm the validity of bonds it has authorized to finance the planning and...more

Court Allows Direct Action under California Environmental Quality Act against Local Air Quality Management District

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Since 1972, the County of Mendocino (County) had granted land use approvals for aggregate and asphalt production on the site at issue. In 2009, the County updated its General Plan, changing the land use designation of the...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court ruling bolsters bullet train foes - ABC News - Jul 27 - Federal law does not completely preempt application of California’s strict environmental...more

California Supreme Court Gives Narrow Victory to Local Agency on Greenhouse Gas Impacts Analysis

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In June 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Executive Order No. 5-3-05 (EO), which set overall greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for California. The EO established three general benchmarks: (1) reduce emissions to...more

Supreme Court Denies Depublication Request, Declines To Review CEQA Decision Addressing Discretionary/Ministerial Project Approval...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On July 26, 2017, the California Supreme Court issued its order denying the losing appellants’ (Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity) request for depublication of the opinion in Sierra Club v. County of Sonoma...more

DWR Certifies EIR for WaterFix, Triggering 30-Day Deadline for Opponents to File Suit

by Downey Brand LLP on

On July 21, 2017, the California Department of Water Resources (“DWR”) certified the final environmental document and issued its Notice of Determination for the California WaterFix, a significant new water infrastructure...more

Uncertainty Looms with Delays to Resolution of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program Challenges

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Two recent developments in the interrelated legal challenges commonly known as POET I and POET II may create additional uncertainty for the future of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program (LCFS). Earlier this year, the...more

WaterFix EIR Certification and NOD Client Alert

by Downey Brand LLP on

On Friday, July 21, 2017, the California Department of Water Resources (“DWR”) certified the Environmental Impact Report for the California WaterFix tunnels project and filed a Notice of Determination with the Governor’s...more

CEQA News You Can Use - Vol. 2, Issue 2

Welcome to CEQA News You Can Use, a quarterly publication of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Natural Resources lawyers. This publication is intended to provide quick, useful bites of CEQA news that we hope can be a resource...more

High Court Upholds Long-Term GHG Emissions Analysis, But Warns Agencies to Keep Pace with Regulatory Advancements: Lessons from...

Cleveland National Forest Foundation, et al. v. San Diego Association of Governments (2017) __ Cal. 5th __, Supreme Court Case No., S223603 - Judicial deference to a lead agency’s determination regarding the proper...more

California Supreme Court Reverses Court of Appeal Decision to Invalidate SANDAG's Regional Transportation Plan EIR for its GHG...

by Allen Matkins on

In Cleveland Nat’l Forest Found. v. San Diego Ass’n of Gov’ts (July 13, 2017), the California Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeal decision regarding the inadequacy of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions impacts analysis...more

Standing Against Environmental Injustice: Some Thoughts On Facing The Need For CEQA Litigation Reform

by Miller Starr Regalia on

CEQA, our state’s landmark environmental protection act, is a venerable law with an illustrious history now spanning over 45 years. But it’s also being abused every day, distorted for non-environmental ends not worthy of it...more

Supreme Disappointment: High Court’s Narrow Opinion In SANDAG RTP/SCS EIR Case Offers Little Guidance On CEQA GHG Analysis

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court rendered a 6-1 decision holding that the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) 2011 EIR for its Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS)...more

Lead Agencies Need Not (Necessarily) Consider Governor’s Executive Orders When Analyzing Emissions - California Supreme Court...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a highly anticipated decision, Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. San Diego Association of Governments, the California Supreme Court held recently that an environmental impact report for a regional transportation plan...more

California Supreme Court Again Considers Climate Change in the Context of CEQA, But Fails to Resolve Important Uncertainties for...

by Downey Brand LLP on

Yesterday, in an opinion authored by Justice Liu, the California Supreme Court ruled that the greenhouse gas analysis in an environmental impact report (“EIR”) prepared for the San Diego Association of Government’s (“SANDAG”)...more

Sixth District Upholds County Zoning Updates Against Piecemealing Claim, Rejects Challenge to Negative Declaration Based on...

by Downey Brand LLP on

In March 2017, the Sixth Appellate District issued its decision in Aptos Council v. County of Santa Cruz, which rejected a two-pronged challenge to the County of Santa Cruz’s adoption of three zoning ordinances revising...more

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