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Sixth District Determines Demolition of Trestle Bridge Did Not Require Supplemental CEQA Review for Reissuing Expired Streambed Alteration Agreement

The Sixth District Court of Appeal denied a CEQA
petition in the case Willow Glen Trestle Conservancy v. City of San Jose
(2020) 49 Cal.App.5th 127 (rehearing denied June 9, 2020). The controversy in
this case began when the City of San Jose approved demolition of the Willow
Glen Railroad Trestle via a mitigated negative declaration in 2014. At ...Read More

Trump Executive Order to Streamline NEPA, Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act

June 4, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order as part of an ongoing
effort to stimulate the economy that has recently declined due to the COVID-19
pandemic. The Executive Order has the potential of streamlining various
permitting requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”),
the federal Endangered Species Act (“ESA”), and the Clean Water Act (“CWA”).
The Executive ...Read More

State Water Resources Control Board Receiving Comments on Suction Dredge Mining

The California State Resources Control Board (the “Board”)
is receiving written public comments and has scheduled a remote workshop on the
proposed  Statewide National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
(“NPDES”) Suction Dredge Mining General Permits for May 28, 2020. The purpose
of the workshop is to provide information regarding the development of the
proposed General Permits. The Board also scheduled a ...Read More


On April 6, 2020, President Trump signed Executive Order
13914 (the “Order”). In the Order, President Trump declares that “Americans
should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of
resources in outer space, consistent with applicable law.” President Trump
further declared that “it shall be the policy of the United States to encourage
international support for ...Read More

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