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Ninth Circuit Finds Federal Agencies Violated National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act in Approving Offshore Oil Facility


By James Purvis Various conservation groups brought suit challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) approval of an offshore

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finalizes Regulatory Definition for the Term ‘Habitat’ as Used in the Endangered Species Act


By Paige Gosney In December 2020, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) finalized for the very first time a regulatory definition for the term

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Congress Passes Consolidated Appropriations Act, HR 133, Which Includes Funding for Several California Water Projects


By Geremy Holm and Steve Anderson In December 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, HR 133, 166th Congress (2020) was passed and signed into

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U.S. EPA Finalizes Guidance on Implementation of Supreme Court’s ‘Functional Equivalent’ CWA Test in County of Maui Case


By Nicole Granquist, Meghan Quinn and Meredith Nikkel On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized guidance regarding the implementation of the

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Criminal Charges Filed Against Former Michigan Governor Stemming from Flint Drinking Water Crisis


By Harvey M. Sheldon In a move that surprised some observers of the Flint Michigan drinking water crisis and saga, the former Governor of Michigan,

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Environmental Justice in General Plans: Strategic Considerations for Planning and Land Use Professionals


By Michele A. Staples The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) updated its General Plan Environmental Justice Element Guidelines in June 2020 to

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