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DOI Issues Order to Protect Big Game in the West

On February 9, 2018, Department of Interior (“DOI”) Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a secretarial order (Secretarial Order No. 3362) designed to improve habitat quality and western big game winter range and migration corridors for antelope, elk, and mule deer.

The order directs the DOI to work with the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, ...Read More

Ninth Circuit Rules on CWA Pollution Liability

On Thursday, the Ninth Circuit ruled that wastewater injections whose pollutions reach navigable U.S. waters via groundwater are subject to the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). Experts say this decision could drastically expand the scope of CWA liability and includes activities ranging from coal ash and pipeline spills to agricultural runoff.

In coming to ...Read More

Pruitt: Goal is to roll EPA back from ‘weaponized’ past

Excerpt from TheHill.com:

That weaponization, he said, was the authority the EPA took to determine what types of energy should be supported, such as coal versus solar.

“Weaponized in the sense of saying we are going to favor certain outcomes in the market with respect to energy and the environment — that’s not the role of a ...Read More

Legislative Push for State Housing Reform Continues into 2018

The California State Legislature began its efforts on housing reform early in 2018, with the release of SB 827 (Weiner) on January 3. This follows the approval of several housing reform bills in 2017. These bills focus on streamlining permitting, enforcing regional housing production benchmarks, and preventing municipalities from down-zoning parcels or rejecting by-right projects. ...Read More

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