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Council on Environmental Quality Releases Initial List of Actions to Streamline NEPA Reviews

by WilmerHale on

Last week, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released an initial list of actions to implement Executive Order 13807, which was intended to streamline the federal review of major projects under the National...more

Time Will Tell Whether Trump Executive Order Succeeds in Reducing Time for Federal Environmental Review and Permits for Major...

On August 15, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13807 (EO 13807), which seeks to streamline federal environmental review and approvals of major infrastructure projects by imposing new timelines and procedures. The...more

Executive Order Aims to Speed Up Environmental Reviews of Infrastructure Projects

by Perkins Coie on

President Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order 13807, on August 15, 2017, which is intended to accelerate the environmental review and permitting for infrastructure projects that require an environmental impact statement...more

Amid the Chaos, Trump Signs Executive Order Streamlining Environmental Permitting and Disbands Infrastructure Council

This past week, a couple of new developments took place at the federal level on infrastructure, although if you blinked, you may have missed it....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

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work. Washington Post - Mar 27 New research suggests that programs for improving energy...more

District Court’s NEPA Judgment Vacated In Case Rendered Moot

On December 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided the case of Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, et al., v. North Carolina Department of Transportation, et al. The Fourth Circuit concluded that, “[b]ecause...more

New Alternative for Widening 55 Freeway Reduces Right-of-Way Impacts

by Nossaman LLP on

For years, we’ve been working with our public agency clients during the environmental and design-phase to minimize right-of-way impacts with new infrastructure projects. Yet for many agencies, property acquisitions are an...more

Public Works Slowdown Following Implementation of the New Italian Public Procurement Code

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Italian Government definitively approved Legislative Decree no. 50 in April this year, implementing Directives 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and European Council. The revised legislation...more

Ontario Releases Official Climate Change Action Plan

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Ontario government has officially released Ontario’s Five Year Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020. The proposed Climate Change Action Plan was leaked three weeks ago and the officially released version is...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - There's a way to invest in a cleaner environment, and the market is booming - Business Insider - Jun 6 - Summer is coming, and green bonds are blooming. Issuers of such bonds...more

Vermont issues updated energy plan

by PretiFlaherty on

Vermont energy regulators have completed an update of key energy and electricity plans for that state. The Vermont Department of Public Service has updated the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP) and Electric Plan, two...more

California Governor’s Office Releases Updated CEQA Guidelines Proposal on SB 743 Implementation

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On January 20, 2016, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a new draft proposal for implementing Senate Bill 743 (Steinberg 2013) (SB 743), which would require traffic analysis to be based on vehicle...more

Supreme Engagement: CEQA’s Continuing Saga In California’s High Court

by Miller Starr Regalia on

A new year often brings fresh perspective. With 2016 still in its infancy, it is natural to reflect back on what has been and also to contemplate what is yet to come. The California Supreme Court’s recent CEQA decisions, and...more

Public Projects in Turmoil: The Saga Of The Bay Bridge, Delta Tunnels, and High Speed Rail Would Make A Compelling Reality TV Show

It took nearly twenty-five years for the Bay Bridge to become a reality and before the paint was even dry on the self-anchored suspension span questions had already been raised about the design and seismic safety of the...more

Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill Looks to Be Moving Forward

by Nossaman LLP on

We’ve been following the status of highway and transportation funding for quite some time, previously noting that Congress kept kicking the can down the road without agreeing on a long-term solution. Finally, that is no...more

Land Use Matters: Alston & Bird LLP, October 2015

by Alston & Bird on

At its October 27, 2015, meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to create a new dedicated Affordable Housing Program budget unit and approved setting aside $100 million for the creation and operation of both...more

Modernizing the Review Process or Just More Busy Work?

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

Federal Agencies Announce Steps to Expedite Reviews of Infrastructure Projects

by WilmerHale on

On September 22, the Administration announced two new policies that will facilitate a more transparent and efficient permitting and review process for complex infrastructure projects. First, federal agencies announced...more

California is Flooding with Water…Issues, Lawsuits, Rules and Legislation

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

We Californians are well aware of the impact of the four-year drought. We have read about town wells drying up like in East Porterville; we have seen the incredibly scary low water marks in lakes and reservoirs; we have heard...more

Land Use Matters, August 2015

by Alston & Bird on

City of Los Angeles - City Council - Mobility Plan 2035 Approved - On August 11, 2015, the city council passed “Mobility Plan 2035,” a comprehensive revision of the 1999 Transportation Element of the General Plan....more

Judge Moon's Denial of Preliminary Injunction in Route 29 Lawsuit

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Several months ago, business owners on Route 29 filed a lawsuit against federal and state transportation officials challenging the plan to build a grade separated interchange at Route 29 and Rio Road. The plaintiffs claimed...more

The Demise of the Illiana Expressway: Another Court Rejects Development Modeling Projections

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

While it may go down as a classic case of “bad facts making bad law,” last week’s ruling rejecting the government’s NEPA analysis for the controversial Illiana Expressway is the just the latest in a disturbing trend for large...more

President Announces New Build America Initiatives; Introduces New Type of Municipal Bond

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Obama recently announced the latest steps federal agencies are taking to better incorporate private sector capital and expertise in improving the nation’s infrastructure. The announcement comes six months after the...more

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