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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2018 #4

Focus - California moves closer to setting water caps for urban districts - LOS ANGELES TIMES - May 18 California cities and towns may find themselves on a water budget in the next decade under a pair of bills approved...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2018 #3

Focus - Federal judge overturns Oakland's ban on coal shipments - SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES - May 16 The city of Oakland’s ban on coal shipments was struck down on Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria,...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2018 #2

Focus - San Jose water agency approves up to $650 million for Delta tunnels project - THE MERCURY NEWS - May 8 In a significant boost for Governor Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2018

Focus - EPA Region 9 Administrator position reportedly to be filled by lawyer - THE HILL - Apr 30 Michael Stoker, a former Republican Santa Barbara County supervisor and agriculture attorney, will soon be appointed...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2018 #4

Focus - Supreme Court moves closer to taking Martins Beach case - THE MERCURY NEWS - Apr 24 In the first sign that the U.S. Supreme Court might hear an appeal regarding a private property owner’s attempt to block the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2018 #3

Focus - Climate lawsuits, once limited to the coasts, jump inland - THE NEW YORK TIMES - Apr 18 Until recently, communities suing fossil fuel companies over the costs of climate change have been located on the coasts:...more

4/23/2018  /  Climate Change , EPA , Erosion , Fossil Fuel

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2018 #2

Focus - Metropolitan Water District agrees to major contribution toward Delta tunnels project funding - THE SACRAMENTO BEE - Apr 11 The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) voted Tuesday to cover...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2018

Focus - EPA to roll back car emissions standards, handing automakers a big win - THE WASHINGTON POST - Apr 2 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that he would revoke...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2018 #5

Focus - MWD might foot the bill for Delta tunnels project — with no promise of reimbursement - LOS ANGELES TIMES - Mar 28 Southern California's biggest water agency, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2018 #4

Focus - San Diego regional water board issues tentative order requiring federal agency to investigate cross-border contamination - The San Diego Union-Tribune - Mar 20 - The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2018 #3

Focus - EPA’s Pruitt says California cannot dictate nation’s auto emissions standards - THE WASHINGTON POST - Mar 13 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said in an interview Tuesday...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2018 #2

Focus - U.S. loses bid to halt children's climate change lawsuit - Reuters - Mar 7 A panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected the U.S. government’s bid to halt a lawsuit filed by a group of...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2018

Focus - U.S. Supreme Court lets stand EPA's permit exemption for water transfers - Reuters - Feb 26 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously declined to review a challenge led by states and environmental groups to a...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2018 #4

Focus - State agency drops objection to city rules on waterfront development - SFGate - Feb 21 Under a settlement announced Wednesday, the California State Lands Commission (SLC), which governs much of the state’s...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2018 #3

Focus - Trump infrastructure plan would speed up pipeline permitting, cut environmental reviews - Reuters - Feb 12 The Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal released on Monday would speed up the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2018 #2

Focus - Cost of officially downsized Delta tunnel plan still exceeds currently pledged funds - Sacramento Bee - Feb 9 The troubled Delta tunnels project was officially downsized Wednesday, as Governor Brown’s...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2018

Focus - EPA suspends Obama-era definition of “Waters of the United States” - The New York Times - Feb 2 The Trump administration on Wednesday formally suspended for two years a major Obama-era clean water regulation,...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2018 #4

Focus - Supreme Court rules that WOTUS rule challenges should be heard by federal district courts - The Hill - Jan 22 The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that cases litigating the validity of an Obama-era...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2018 #3

Focus - Plans for new dams and reservoirs in California hit hurdle - East Bay Times - Jan 18 The staff of the California Water Commission (Commission) on Thursday announced that nearly half of the eleven applications it...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2018 #2

Focus - Brown administration working to scale down $17 billion Delta tunnels project - The Mercury News - Jan 12 Faced with a shortage of money and political support after seven years of work, Governor Jerry Brown’s...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2018

Focus - Trump administration moves to expand oil and gas drilling off U.S. coasts - Los Angeles Times - Jan 4 The Trump administration, inviting a political backlash from coastal state leaders, on Thursday proposed to...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #5

Focus - U.S. EPA officials are leaving in droves - The New York Times - Dec 22 More than 700 employees have left the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since President Trump took office, a wave of departures...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #4

Focus - Trump administration halts study of offshore oil inspections - ABC News - Dec 21 The Trump administration has halted an independent scientific study of offshore oil inspections by the Bureau of Safety and...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #3

Focus - Trump to open the door for oil drilling off U.S.’s East Coast - Bloomberg - Dec 11 The Trump administration is preparing to unveil an expansive offshore oil plan that would open the door to selling new drilling...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #2

Lawsuit challenges President’s authority to shrink Bears Ears National Monument - The Salt Lake Tribune - Dec 7 A coalition of American Indian tribes, recreation interests including the outdoor clothing manufacturer...more

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