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U.S. District Court Holds EPA Has an Ongoing Nondiscretionary Duty under the Clean Water Act to Update the National Contingency Plan


By Rebecca Andrews and Patrick Skahan On June 2, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied defendants Andrew Wheeler and

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Nevada State Engineer Engages in Proposed Major Rulemaking Effort


By Debbie Leonard On June 24, 2020, the Nevada State Engineer held a workshop to solicit comments on proposed amendments to and adoption of regulations

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California Court of Appeal Offers Its Solution to Redevelopment Area Tax Increment Payment Calculations


By Travis Brooks After  the California Legislature disbanded more than 400 redevelopment agencies in 2011, county auditors and controllers have dealt with a fundamental lack

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California Department of Water Resources Increases State Water Project Water Deliveries to 20 Percent—Bureau of Reclamation Increases Water Allocations from the Central Valley Project


By Chris Carrillo and Derek R. Hoffman The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) recently announced it would increase the previously planned 2020 water deliveries

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Ninth Circuit Finds State Law-Based Climate Change Lawsuit Determined Not to Raise Federal Questions for Purposes of Federal Court Removal


by Nathalie Camarena and Rebecca Andrews) A California state law claim for public nuisance in a climate change lawsuit brought by the City of Oakland

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Ninth Circuit Requires U.S. Forest Service to Prepare EIS—Finds Environmental Assessment for Restoration Project Inadequate


By Travis Brooks The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently rejected an Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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