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Trump waiving environmental protections to build border wall

The Department of Homeland Security is planning to replace part of the California border wall with Mexico following a waiver of governmental reviews and environmental laws by the Trump administration. The waiver is the second of its kind exercised by the administration in under two months. Critics of the move call it an environmental threat and an overreach of executive authority.

A brief look at the water permitting process, P.3

In our last post, we began looking at the various steps of the water permitting process. We’ve already briefly discussed the importance of working with experienced legal counsel in filing an application, working through the environmental review phase, and addressing public protests and related board hearings that may arise. After these steps of the process, a permit may be issued, but only under certain conditions.

A brief look at the water permitting process, P.2

In our previous post, we began looking generally at the topic of water rights in California, and specifically at the water permitting process. As we noted last time, the State Water Resources Board is responsible for reviewing and granting water permits, and there is a multi-step process the board uses to do this.

A brief look at the water permitting process, P.1

In our last post, we looked briefly at some of the opposition to Governor Jerry Brown’s new water conservation policy. As we noted, some opponents of the framework feel more emphasis needs to be placed on acquisition of new sources of water, which would entail permitting and licensing of water use.  

Opponents of new water conservation model suggest appropriation of other water sources

Water is a precious source in California, as readers are aware, and this is especially true in times of drought. Although most of the state is not currently in drought status, conservation remains an important focus for Governor Jerry Brown and state officials.

Worried about environmental compliance? An attorney can help

When your business is growing or expanding into new areas, you face a number of hurdles. Whether you're investing in real estate or producing physical products, you need to consider a lot of different factors. Environmental regulations are one area that can easily get overlooked. Unfortunately, doing so could cost your company money and cause major setbacks to growth. If you are non-compliant with either state or federal environmental standards, you could get fined. You could also be forced to invest in cleanup efforts or finance major renovations to your facility to avoid future issues.

The EPA Steps Up Enforcement Of Civil Violations From Lead-Based Paint Renovation

In recent years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ramped up its efforts to fine and enforce civil violations against sub-contractors and demolition businesses which remodel or renovate homes constructed prior to 1978. Specifically, the EPA cites renovators for failing to obtain firm certification and failing to comply with work practice standards under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E.

More businesses voluntarily beginning to track greenhouse gas emissions

Last time, we looked briefly at a legislative proposal that would entail a new scheme for the regulation of carbon emissions in California. As we noted, the state of California is particularly strict when it comes to environmental regulations, and environmental compliance is an important aspect of doing business.

Lawmakers propose new scheme to regulate carbon emissions in California

Carbon emissions regulation is an important issue for businesses, not only because of the fact that businesses are regulated at both the state and federal level in this area, but because there are costs associated with noncompliance.

California eyeing new environmental law after Rams stadium issue

Fans of the California football team, the Los Angeles Rams, have been celebrating the fact that construction is starting on the new stadium for the team. Area residents, however, feel frustrated and even infuriated that courts ignored their legitimate concerns. State courts ruled against lawsuits with legal concerns as a result of the law requiring speedy resolution to these issues.

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