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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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U.S. District Court Holds Issuance of New NPDES Permit Does Not Moot Claims for Violations of Prior Permit If New Permit Is Stayed

By Heraclio Pimentel and Rebecca Andrews The U.S. District Court for New Hampshire recently determined that allegations of violations of a 1992 federal Clean Water…

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Fifth Circuit Finds EPA Has Authority to Alter States’ Proposed CAA Designations of Attainment Status

By Deborah Quick How much discretion does the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wield when promulgating (non)attainment status for sub-state geographic areas under the federal…

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Arizona and Nevada Take Major Steps Towards Greenhouse Gas Reductions By 2050

By Hina Gupta Recently, both Arizona and Nevada took major strides to achieve a net-zero carbon emissions future by 2050. Meanwhile, Nevada released a climate…

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Sierra Club Files CEQA Challenge to Proposed New Off-Stream Storage for the Central Valley Project

By Holly Tokar and Meredith Nikkel On November 20, 2020, a coalition of environmental groups filed a verified petition for writ of mandate and complaint…

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Final EIS For Changes to Migratory Bird Treaty Act

By Geremy Holm On November 27, 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS or Service) published a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing a…

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Endangered Species Act Update: Sweeping Regulations Already Adopted, with More Proposed, Will Profoundly Alter Implementation of the Act

By David C. Smith and Jennifer Lynch The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA or the Act) has not escaped the Trump administration’s mandate for regulatory…

Read More 2020-11-18