Monthly Archives: June 2012

Ninth Circuit allows recovery for intangible environmental damages to national forest caused by fire

United States v. CB&I Constructors, Inc. June 29, 2012 Ninth Circuit No. 10-55371 The United States filed an action against a contractor that failed to follow several fire prevention precautions and used equipment while constructing steel water tanks. Sparks caused … Continue reading

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D.C. Circuit Decision Upholds EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations in Entirety

Reprinted from Bloomberg  BNA Key Holding: D.C. Circuit upholds EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations, rejecting all challenges brought by states and industry groups. Impact: EPA calls the decision a validation of its approach to regulating greenhouse gas emissions. What’s Next: Petitioners … Continue reading

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Supreme Court upholds South Coast Air District rules on VOCs

American Coatings Association, Inc. v. South Coast Air Quality District California Supreme Court, No. S177823 June 25, 2012 A manufacturers’ association sued the South Coast Air Quality Management District over rules enacted to reduce air pollution from non-vehicular sources. The … Continue reading

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Court approves California Air Resources Board’s Climate Change Scoping Plan

Association of Irritated Residents v. California Air Resources Board June 19, 2012 No. A132165 (1st Dist., Div. 3) Association of Irritated Residents (AIR) sued California Air Resources Board (CARB), claiming the Climate Change Scoping Plan to implement AB32, the California … Continue reading

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Supreme Court resolves conflict as to when challenge to claimed exemption under CEQA can be raised for first time in court

Tomlinson v. County of Alameda California Supreme Court, No. S188161 June 14, 2012 Petitioner Tomlinson challenged a project (housing subdivision) on various grounds at public hearings, but failed to challenge the claimed exemption from CEQA (as an in-fill project) until … Continue reading

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BRACING FOR WINDS OF CHANGE

BRACING FOR WINDS OF CHANGE Residents of quiet town worry about how turbine project will alter their way of life By Morgan Lee San Diego Union Tribune June 12, 2012 Ocotillo — The nation’s quest for more green energy is set … Continue reading

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CEQA project approved at time of commitment to a project, which can be difficult to discern at times

Van de Kamps Coalition v. Board of Trustees Los Angeles Community College District June 5, 2012 B234955 (2nd App. Dist., Div. 2) A school Board passed resolutions in which they approved the interim use of property intended to be a … Continue reading

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Court holds attorney fees recoverable by attorney who was member of petitioner group in CEQA case

Healdsburg Citizens for Sustainable Solutions v. City of Healdsburg June 4, 2012 A130374 (1st App., Div. 4) The trial and appellate courts found that an attorney who helped litigate a CEQA action, in a case where she was a member … Continue reading

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California sets stronger energy efficiency rules for buildings

California sets stronger energy efficiency rules for buildings The California Energy Commission votes to tighten regulations that govern lighting controls, hot-water pipes, windows, insulation and other systems in new buildings and building additions. A worker builds a home in San … Continue reading

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