• Evaluating Climate Change Impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act -- Recent Developments
  • February 5, 2010
  • Law Firm: Bingham McCutchen LLP - Boston Office
  • After passage of Assembly Bill 32 (the Global Warming Solutions Act) in 2006, questions quickly arose regarding how lead agencies should account for climate change impacts in documents prepared under the California Environmental Quality Act. At the same time, the California Attorney General began submitting comment letters and litigating when CEQA documents remained silent on the issue. The upshot is that public agencies were placed in a predicament. There was pressure to address the impacts of a project on climate change, but no regulatory guidance explaining how a legally adequate discussion should look.