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NINTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS NEWHALL RANCH 404(B)(1) ANALYSIS; REJECTS ARGUMENTS THAT CORPS FAILED TO PROPERLY ANALYZE COSTS OF ALTERNATIVES

Friends of the Santa Clara River v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 8883 April 2018 The Ninth Circuit has rejected a legal challenge to the Army Corps of Engineer’s Section 404 permit for the 12,000-acre Newhall Ranch mixed-use pr… Read More
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Grading Permit Ruled a Ministerial Act Beyond CEQA Although Limited Exercise of Discretion

Sierra Club v. County of Sonoma (2017) Cal. App. LEXIS 375 In Sierra Club v. County of Sonoma, a California court declined consider the issuance of a grading permit to be an act subject to CEQA, despite that the ordinance gave County officials a degr… Read More
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President Issues Executive Order Directing Review of 2015 Clean Water Act Rule

President Trump has directed the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (“Army Corps”) to review the 2015 Clean Water Act Rule (“Rule”) defining “Waters of th… Read More
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