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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2015

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Senate approves landmark legislation to combat climate change: San Jose Mercury News - Jun 3: The California Senate on Wednesday approved a sweeping package of climate change...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2015 #5

Environmental and Policy Focus: EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approve new definition of "waters of the United States" - Allen Matkins - May 27: The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on May...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2015 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - California court rules tiered water pricing plan violates Prop 218: Allen Matkins - Apr 21: California's local water suppliers, hit with reduction requirements varying from 8 percent to...more

California Voters Left Holding the Bag in the Plastic Bag Ban Battle

The crown for the first state in the nation to ban plastic bags is up for grabs again. Late last year, the California legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law, SB 270 — making California the first state to ban...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2015 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - President Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline, leaving it in limbo: Reuters - Feb 24: President Barack Obama on Tuesday, as promised, swiftly vetoed a Republican bill approving the...more

Are Plastic Shopping Bags Being Sacked?

In earlier blog posts, we reported on the growing trend in U.S. cities to pass bans on single-use plastic shopping bags and impose fees for traditionally free bags provided in store checkouts, including the status of...more

Continuing Efforts to Ban Single-Use Plastic Carrier Bags In Massachusetts And Beyond

Over the last several years, a number of municipalities across the nation have passed ordinances imposing bans, fees, and/or taxes on single-use plastic carrier bags distributed by retailers. In the most recent 188th...more

Fall 2014 CEQA Roundup: Legislative and Regulatory Developments

A number of recent legislative and regulatory developments in or related to CEQA will impact public agencies, developers, and practitioners in the coming year. Some significant recent developments include: SB 743...more

It’s In the Bag: Cities and Counties Can Impose Penalties for Violations of New Law Prohibiting Single-Use Plastic Bags

This week, Gov. Jerry Brown killed off single use plastic bags in California. Senate Bill 270, the first of its kind in the nation, eliminates the retail distribution of single-use plastic bags in the state. SB 270 also gives...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - California becomes first state to ban plastic bags: SFGate.com - Sep 30: Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that makes California the first state in the nation to ban single-use...more

Court (Again) Shuts Down Plastic Bag Industry Group and Upholds City’s Plastic Bag Ban

In Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City and County of San Francisco, the Court of Appeal rejected the latest in a series of unsuccessful challenges by the plastic bag industry to local bans on single-use plastic bags....more

It's in the Bag: San Fran Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance Survives Court Challenge

In Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City and County of San Francisco, et al. (“Plastic Bag III”) (December 10, 2013), the First District Court of Appeal affirmed the Superior Court’s denial of a petition for a writ of...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 2014

Gov. Brown wants to use cap-and-trade fees to fund high speed rail project - Insurance For Less - Jan 8: Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans to provide new funding for California’s high speed rail project from corporate...more

“Bag It!” – Third Published CEQA “Bag Ban” Decision Upholds San Francisco’s Ordinance as Categorically Exempt While Slamming...

Plaintiff Save the Plastic Bag Coalition (Coalition) lost a third consecutive published appellate decision in its litigation campaign to require EIRs for virtually all local ordinances that ban or restrict the use of...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 19, 2013

California plans tighter control of hydraulic fracturing, but not enough for some - New York Times - Dec 13: California oil and gas companies using hydraulic fracturing to tap the nation’s largest oil shale formation...more

Paper or Plastic? A Question for California's Courts

The California Environmental Quality Act, better known as “CEQA,” has proved to be fertile ground for the raising of legal challenges to public agency action throughout the state. Indeed, CEQA is without a doubt one of the...more

First District Holds CEQA Categorical Exemptions For Regulatory Agency Actions To Protect The Environment Apply To Marin County’s...

After years of study, Marin County adopted an Ordinance in 2011 banning single-use plastic bags and mandating a 5-cent fee on single-use paper bags; the ordinance applies to roughly 40 retailers in the unincorporated county....more

Marin County's Plastic Bag Ban Categorically Exempt From CEQA Review

Decision expected to provide guidance for public agencies in determining the type of environmental review required for such bans....more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - April 17, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California needs to bolster regulation of fracking, report says: Los Angeles Times - Apr 12 - California needs to strengthen regulation of hydraulic fracturing, according to a UC...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - April 8, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA proposes rules to lower sulfur in fuel; Home Depot pays $8 million to settle California paint lawsuit; Center for Biological Diversity sues federal government over...more

California Legislation Introduced to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags

It is often said–and accurately so–that what begins in California frequently spreads to other states, whether cuisine, fashion or legal trends. But to understand how the seeds of legal change are germinated even before...more

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