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HTMLAs World Leaders Gather at the UN Climate Summit, the Aviation Sector Could Provide a Template for International Climate Progress
John P. Schmitz, Martina Simpkins; Bingham McCutchen LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014
More than 120 heads of state, including President Barack Obama, gathered for the Climate Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York City on September 23. Financial pledges to the Green Climate Fund and statements regarding the leaders’ commitments to reach agreement on a...

 

HTMLChina's Pollution Woes Trigger a New Environment for Manufacturers in China
Richard J. Ferris; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 24, 2014
China presents foreign manufacturers with many paradoxes.

 

HTMLMechanics Lien Subordination: Illinois Further Limits Construction Lenders’ Ability To Ensure Priority Against Mechanics Liens
Michael J. Roth; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014
On July 16, 2014, Illinois enacted Public Act 98-764 (Senate Bill 3023) (“SB 3023”), which amends the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act (770 ILCS 60/ et seq.) (the “Act”) to prohibit subordination of mechanics liens on Illinois construction projects, unless such subordination is...

 

HTMLCost to Decommission Kansas Nuclear Power Plant Could Hit $1 Billion
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014
The Wolf Creek nuclear power plant, partially owned by Kansas Electric Power Cooperative, could cost as much as $1 billion to decommission, according to reports that must be provided to the Kansas Corporation Commission periodically. Costs will depend largely on the progress made by the federal...

 

HTMLLevel of Detail Adequate in High Speed Rail Authority’s Program EIR for Central Valley to Bay Area Rail Corridor
Jennifer Gunsch; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014
The appellate court upheld the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Program EIR for the Central Valley to Bay Area portion of the route, concluding that (1) the Authority properly limited its environmental analysis to a program level when it deferred site-specific analysis of the vertical...

 

HTMLHomeowners “Bluffed” Out Of Challenge To Coastal Permit To Rebuild Private Access Stairs
Joshua Weiss; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014
The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Appellate District (Division One) has held that homeowners who accepted the benefit of a coastal development permit (“CDP”) for seawall reconstruction to protect their bluff-top homes cannot subsequently challenge the terms upon which the CDP was...

 

HTMLHouse Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Considers State Perspectives on EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 24, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014
On Tuesday, September 9, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power discussed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule at a hearing titled “State Perspectives: Questions Concerning EPA’s Proposed Clean Power...

 

HTMLCalifornia's DTSC Releases Draft Priority Product Work Plan Under State's Green Chemistry Law
Nathan S. Cardon, Diana G. Graham, Sheila A. Millar, Jean-Cyril Walker; Keller and Heckman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 24, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has released a draft Priority Product Work Plan as part of its Green Chemistry law, identifying six product categories from which priority products will be selected over the next three years for priority product rulemaking. The Work Plan...

 

HTMLAn Appeal To The City Council Fails To Wash Away All CEQA Sins. Consideration Of Historical Resources In A Negative Declaration Falls Under The Substantial Evidence Test, Not The Fair Argument Test.
William W. Abbott; Abbott & Kindermann, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014
The courts have been clear: the decisionmaking body has to consider the CEQA document before taking action to granting a discretionary approval. A recent court decision examines a variation on that practice when the approving body approved the CEQA document, but lacked the authority under the local...

 

HTMLNew Law Requires Cities and Counties to Expedite Their Permitting Processes for Small Residential Rooftop Solar Systems
Sophie A. Akins, Kelsey R. Blegen; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014
A new law imposes requirements on cities and counties regarding permitting for small residential rooftop solar energy systems. Under AB 2188, signed Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown, cities and counties must adopt ordinances, or amend their current ordinances, to create expedited, streamlined permitting...

 


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