San Francisco and Oakland Declare War on Oil Companies (Again)

San Francisco and Oakland have renewed their fight to try and make Big Oil pay for climate-change related infrastructure damage, asking a federal appeals court earlier this week to reconsider their previously dismissed lawsuits against five oil companies. San Francisco and Oakland argue that a federal judge wrongly kept their cases out of state court […]

California State Water Board Adopts Controversial Wetlands Rule

Culminating a process that began 11 years ago, the California State Water Resources Control Board last week unanimously adopted a revised policy to protect wetlands in the State. The policy creates a new definition of wetlands peculiar to California, gives a framework to determine a water of the state (nearly everything), and clarifies requirements for […]

Monsanto Hit With $80M Verdict In Roundup Trial

A jury on Wednesday awarded $80 million in damages to a California man who blamed Roundup weed killer for his cancer.  The six-person jury in San Francisco returned its verdict in favor of Edwin Hardeman, 70, who said he used Roundup products to treat poison oak, overgrowth and weeds on his San Francisco Bay Area […]

More Red Tape: California Recycling and Disposal Reporting System Regulations To Take Effect

Assembly Bill 901, signed by Governor Brown in 2015 and codified as California Public Resources Code section 41821.5, requires that disposal, recycling, and compost facilities submit information directly to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (“CalRecycle”) on the types, quantities, and destinations of materials that are disposed of, sold, or transferred inside or […]

Trump administration ends fuel-efficiency negotiations with California

In a joint statement released on Thursday, the White House, Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Trump administration has ended negotiations with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) over vehicle fuel-efficiency standards. Until Thursday, the EPA, CARB, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had been engaged in talks […]

Gavin Newsom Downsizes High Speed Rail Project

Bowing to the reality of delays, out-of-control costs, and accusations of corruption, payback, and favoritism, California Governor Gavin Newsom reversed former Governor Jerry Brown’s steadfast support of the doomed rail system in his first State of the State speech on February 12, 2019.  Newsom stated that the high-speed rail project (a saga which began with […]

BREAKING: Trump Declares National Emergency To Fund Border Wall

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday that would make a total of $8 billion available to construct a southern border wall in the face of the immigration crisis. Trump has repeatedly threatened to declare such an emergency over the last few months and said he was “not happy” with the $1.375 billion […]

CARB Zero-Emission Bus Mandate

The transportation sector in California accounts for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. To combat this, on December 14, 2018, California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) adopted a regulation that sets a statewide goal for public transit agencies to transition to fully zero-emission bus fleets by 2040. There are currently 150 zero-emission buses operating in California. Under […]

California Department of Water Resources and Ecosystem Investment Partners To Launch Largest Habitat Restoration Project In The Delta

The California Department of Water Resources (“DWR”) and Ecosystem Investment Partners (“EIP”), a Mitchell Chadwick LLP client, have entered into an innovative public-private partnership to launch the largest habitat restoration project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (the “Delta”). EIP, a private company investing in large-scale ecological restoration projects nationwide, will restore 3,400 acres of tidal […]

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