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In New Jersey, You May Go To Jail For Not Feeding Your Dog or Cat
Posted on 14 Aug 2013 by State Net

CRIME & PUNISHMENT: NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 1303, which makes it a fourth degree crime in the Garden to State to fail to provide an animal with sufficient food, water and other necessities. The crime would be elevated to a third... Read More

Marten Law on American Trucking Associations, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles
Posted on 6 Aug 2013 by Jessica K Ferrell

In this article, Jessica Ferrell of Marten Law PLLC examines the Supreme Court's decision in Am. Trucking Ass'ns v. City of Los Angeles. Along with holding that the Federal Aviation Admin. Authorization Act preempts provisions of the Port of Los... Read More

House Passes California Water Bill Over Governor Brown's Objections
Posted on 12 Feb 2014 by State Net

HOUSE PASSES CA WATER BILL OVER BROWN'S OBJECTIONS: The ongoing drought in California has sparked yet another new skirmish in the longstanding war between the Golden State's pro-environmental forces and its pro-business agricultural interests... Read More

California Supreme Court upholds municipal ban on plastic bags
Posted on 10 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

In June 2008, the city manager of Manhattan Beach (a small, beach-front community in Southern California) issued a staff report recommending the adoption of an ordinance banning the use of "point-of-sale plastic carry-out bags" in the city.... Read More

2011 California Environmental Legislative Recap--A Touch More Green
Posted on 27 Feb 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Mr. Gary Lucks Get the latest analysis of environmental laws recently passed by the California Legislature. The article includes coverage of 2011 state legislation on a variety of topics, such as climate change, air and water quality, energy, the... Read More

BPA, the never-ending saga
Posted on 24 Mar 2013 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have reviewed various studies that indicate that BPA has estrogenic effects. In January 2013 the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposed listing BPA under California's Proposition 65 because OEHHA's evaluation... Read More

Demystifying CEQA's Cumulative Impact Analysis Requirements: Guidance for Defensible EIR Evaluation
Posted on 20 Sep 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Ms. Nicole Hoeksma Gordon and Mr. Albert Herson, Attorneys, The Sohagi Law Group Get the latest on issues agencies face when conducting a "cumulative impact analysis" in an Environmental Impact Report in California. The article identifies... Read More

Streamlining in the Name of Economic Improvement and Job Creation Dominates 2011 California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") Legislation
Posted on 19 Dec 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Mr. Ron Bass and Mr. Al Herson I. Introduction to 2011 CEQA Legislation In a last minute flurry of activity, three bills dominated the California Legislature's attention to CEQA during the final week of the session, and were signed into law... Read More

LexisNexis® Legal News Podcast - Chevron and California Reach Settlement on Underground Gasoline Storage Tanks
Posted on 19 Sep 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

California announces a proposed $24.5 million settlement with Chevron owners involving underground gasoline storage tanks (third story in podcast at 3:40), and the Mississippi Supreme Court reverses a multi-million lead verdict against Sherwin-Williams... Read More

Superfund Site Reopened to Address Vapor Intrusion Issues
Posted on 18 Jan 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block In 1992, a consent decree was entered into between U.S. EPA and two PRPs to address contamination at an NPL site in Mountain View, California. In June 2001, U.S. EPA certified completion of remediation... Read More

California State Water Board’s Low-Threat UST Case Closure Policy Is Now Effective
Posted on 6 Sep 2012 by Sedina L. Banks

By Sedina L. Banks, Attorney, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP On May 1, 2012, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted via Resolution No. 2012-0016 the Water Quality Control Policy for Low-Threat Underground... Read More

OEHHA proposes to list cyanide as a male reproductive toxicant under Proposition 65
Posted on 18 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

As you may recall from prior posts, the warning threshold for a "reproductive toxicant" under Proposition 65 is determined by finding a "no-effects" level, and then dividing that number by 1,000. The Office of Environmental Health... Read More

New Chemicals Proposed for Addition to California’s Proposition 65 List
Posted on 1 Feb 2012 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By Katherine M. Rahill, Partner, Jenner & Block In December and January, the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment ("OEHHA") announced its intent to add seven new chemicals... Read More

Who literally profits from Proposition 65 litigation?
Posted on 2 Aug 2013 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

An interesting two-piece assessment has been published by KQED, the San Francisco PBS radio and television station. They are succinct and informative. Links to the two articles can be found at: http://blogs.kqed.org/science/audio/who-profits-from... Read More

Recent California Decisions Favor Solar Developers Over Environment
Posted on 28 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

By Laura Mulry, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School April 2011 was an eventful month for massive solar projects in California and their unlikely opponent: the desert tortoise. As climate change, overpopulation, and development place... Read More