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NEPA Victory for Freeway Infrastructure Project in Riverside County - BB&K Team Represents RCTC in Mid County Parkway Project...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Best Best & Krieger LLP environmental attorneys successfully defended a freeway infrastructure project in Riverside County from a series of challenges brought under the National Environmental Policy Act. Partners Michelle...more

Utility-Scale Battery Storage Systems: Legal Issues and Opportunities

Federal and state government mandates and incentives, combined with technological advances, have dramatically increased renewable energy sources during the past decade. Variable renewable energy sources such as solar and wind...more

Horse Of A Different Color: CEQA Does Not Require EIR Due To Psychological And Social Impacts From Closure Of Beloved Equestrian...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a March 4, 2016 published opinion, the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s judgment requiring an EIR for a small 12-home rural subdivision project based on the “psychological and social” impacts of...more

Risky “Business as Usual”: The California Supreme Court Upholds the BAU Approach to CEQA Climate Impact Analysis, but Sets a High...

In Center for Biological Diversity v. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife,1 the California Supreme Court upheld the “Business as Usual” (BAU) approach for analyzing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the California Environmental...more

Second District Rejects CEQA And Fair Transit Hearing Challenges To LA Metro’s Westside Subway Extension Project In Lengthy...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a 65-page opinion certified for publication and filed October 22, 2015, the Second Appellate District Court of Appeal affirmed the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s judgment denying writ petitions by the City of Beverly...more

Are Regulatory Delays Exacerbating Drought Conditions?

As we enter the fall season, substantial portions of California and the Pacific Northwest are experiencing extreme to exceptional drought conditions. While conditions are better in Texas and other nearby states this year,...more

CEQA Guidelines Comments: Once In a Generation Chance

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) directs that certain proposed projects undergo environmental review to assess and mitigate significant environmental impacts. The CEQA Guidelines provide procedures and...more

Modernizing the Review Process or Just More Busy Work?

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Those who have worked on the permitting and environmental review for a federally funded infrastructure project know the challenges that exist in coordinating with numerous agencies that may have oversight over a project. A...more

California Releases its First Draft of its Alternatives Analysis Guide (AA Guide)

by Alston & Bird on

All manufacturers and sellers of consumer products into California should take note. California has just released its first draft of stage one of its Alternatives Analysis Guide (AA Guide). ...more

California Supreme Court’s CEQA Ruling Reaches Beyond Residential Development

On Monday March 2, the California Supreme Court handed down a decision allowing a Berkeley home builder to use an exemption from detailed environmental assessment under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) in its...more

City of Agoura Hills Moving Forward with Palo Comado Interchange Project

by Nossaman LLP on

The City of Agoura Hills is moving forward with its plans for the U.S. 101/Palo Comado Canyon Road Interchange at Chesebro Road....more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - April 11, 2013

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - ..Court rules CEQA streamlining provision unconstitutional: CourtHouse News - Apr 3 - A section of a California law aimed at streamlining construction projects by moving...more

Spring CEQA Roundup

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Spring is here, and it seems the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government have all been busy trying to “clean up” CEQA and related areas of the law in one way or another. Recent items of interest...more

Federal Efficiency/Streamlining: CEQ Issues New NEPA Guidance Documents

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released two handbooks under the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on March 5, 2013, that provide regulatory guidance to "encourage more efficient environmental...more

Council On Environmental Quality Issues Two Handbooks To Help Agencies Expedite Federal Environmental Reviews

by Perkins Coie on

On March 5, 2013, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released two handbooks that are intended to help agencies and practitioners coordinate environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) with...more

CEQA: Reforming California's Landmark Environmental Law

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California has always been on the cutting edge when it comes to environmental protection. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the adoption and implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act, frequently referred...more

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Tort Litigation: Reforming NEPA Review of Energy Projects

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The President’s re-election once again focused attention on the question of whether the Administration will grant the Presidential permit necessary for the U.S.-Canada border crossing of the Keystone XL pipeline. While...more

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