Second District Court of Appeal Upholds Application of Existing Facilities Exemption for Power Plant Lease Extension

The case World Business Academy v. California State Lands Commission (2018, Case No. B284300) involves PG&E’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in San Luis Obispo County, and a dispute regarding the State Lands Commission’s decision to approve a lease extension via a CEQA categorical exemption. The Diablo Canyon nuclear plant as been operating since 1985 […]

Scott Pruitt to Resign From EPA

Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, is resigning after facing criticism for ethical allegations for several months. The news came out in a Tweet by President Trump who accepted Pruitt’s resignation. Pruitt faced scrutiny for potential ethical lapses tied to his spending, treatment of staff, relationships with energy leaders, housing, and travel […]

EPA Takes Steps to Limit Veto Powers

US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Wednesday that he will be revoking the agency’s power to veto at any time permits allowing waste from mining and infrastructure projects to impact waters of the US, including wetlands. Pruitt has directed the agency’s Office of Water to put a proposal together over the next 6 months that […]

Proposed Revisions to the Clean Water Act: EPA’s Veto Power Thwarted

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced on June 27, 2018 that Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to do away with the agency’s power to veto permits allowing material from mining and infrastructure projects to impact waters of the U.S. Pruitt directed the agency to put together a proposal to change regulations controlling the agency’s authority […]

White House Begins NEPA Overhaul

The White House has taken the first official steps toward rewriting regulations for the National Environmental Policy Act. The Council on Environmental Quality submitted an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking on NEPA to the Federal Register last Friday. Link HERE.  A CEQ spokesman said the document would be published “in the next couple of days.” […]

Anthony Kennedy retiring from Supreme Court

Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote between conservatives and liberals on the Supreme Court, announced Wednesday he’s retiring at the end of July, giving President Donald Trump another chance to shape the highest court in the land. In a statement, the Supreme Court said the 81-year-old Kennedy will step down effective July 31. The judge […]

California: San Francisco and Oakland Climate-Change Lawsuits Thrown Out

A federal judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit brought by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland against fossil fuel companies over the anticipated costs of dealing with future climate change. The decision should raise a warning for other local governments around the United States that have filed similar suits, including New York City. […]

The Median Home Price In California Now Exceeds $600,000

The median price for a home in California has topped the $600,000 mark for the first time ever, according to the latest report from the California Association of Realtors. You can blame the Bay Area and other red hot high-cost areas for the increase. There are now five counties out of the nine-county Bay Area […]

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