Many California developers have complained that environmental legislation in the state hinders their ability to develop new buildings or affordable housing. The California Environmental Quality Act requires builders to involve public participation when developing plans as well as to minimize environmental damage through conducting scientific studies. However, the state's governor has also called for 3.5 million homes to be built before 2025, a goal that may be difficult to meet within the framework of the law's restrictions.
A major supermarket has agreed to a settlement in a case regarding the mishandling hazardous waste and other materials throughout California. Whole Foods Inc. was ordered to pay $1,643,500 million by a Yolo County Superior Court judge. The funds will go to settle a civil environmental prosecution against the well-known natural foods market. There were 21 California district attorneys and city representatives involved in the case against the supermarket chain.
A group of California citizens has taken the state to court over the construction of a new bridge. The litigation over the enforcement of the state's environmental law could have an impact on businesses throughout the Golden State.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.