Thinking Forward

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Stay up to date on the latest developments in environmental and planning law and regulation through our email newsletter Thinking Forward. In the environmental update articles, our author-experts review regulatory developments, summarize agency guidance, discuss court decisions, and offer expert opinion on real-life application of this information. Below is a list of our most recent environmental update articles. Keep current with us through Thinking Forward.

The authors, all experts in their fields, are available to answer questions about the subjects covered in the articles. Contact information follows each article.

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    Congressional Task Force Recommends Changes to NEPA

    This article summarizes the Initial Findings and Draft Recommendations released on December 21, 2005, which endorsed NEPA’s fundamental objectives and contained relatively even-handed recommendations for legislative change.

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    Deferred Mitigation under CEQA: A Fresh Look at an Old Issue

    This 2006 Impact Report article, written by ICF California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) experts Ron Bass and Terry Rivasplata, defines “deferred mitigation,” explains the circumstances under which it is permissible, and provides examples of what the courts have allowed and disallowed.

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    Summary of 2005 CEQA Court Cases

    This article summarizes the 2005 CEQA cases, including more than 25 CEQA case decisions by the Court of Appeals and one decision by the California Supreme Courts.

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    CEQ Proposes Guidance on Categorical Exclusions Under NEPA

    The President's Council on Environmental Quality, the agency responsible for oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), has released a "Deliberative Draft" of proposed guidance to federal agencies on how to establish, revise, and apply Categorical Exclusions under NEPA.

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    Summer Update of 2006 CEQA Bills

    This is the second year of the Legislature's 2005-2006 session. Here are the CEQA-related bills that are active as of June 2, 2006.

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    Terrorism and NEPA

    A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit leaves little doubt that the risk of a terrorist attack and any foreseeable environmental impacts of such an event must be considered in preparing environmental documents under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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    U.S. Army Corps and EPA Propose New Regulations for Wetland Mitigation

    Since the late 1970s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has been requiring mitigation for impacts to wetlands and other waters of the United States through its permitting program.

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    What Is the "Watershed Approach"?

    In recent years, environmental managers, regulators, and consultants alike have increasingly been developing and following a more holistic watershed approach to resource planning.

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    2006 CEQA Bills

    The rumors of massive changes to CEQA, and the discussions over flood control and CEQA did not result in any legislation that reached the Governor’s desk. Although the Legislature passed more CEQA bills in 2006 than in recent years, they do not seem to have made any significant changes.

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    2006 CEQA Court Cases

    This article, written by ICF experts and published in the Impact Report, summarizes four California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) court cases from 2006 on subjects ranging from mitigation, timber harvest plans and CEQA, and defining “infeasible.”

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    Congressional Task Force Recommends Changes to NEPA

    The United States House of Representatives, Committee on Resources Task Force on Improving/Updating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has released its final recommendations relating to NEPA.

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    Corps of Engineers Issues Proposal to Reissue Nationwide Permits

    On September 26, 2006 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) began seeking public comment for its proposal to reissue its Nationwide Permits.

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    DFG 'Streambed Alterations' Form Gets a Makeover

    The California Department of Fish and Game (Department) issued a new Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement (LSAA) notification form on July 28, 2006, "to accelerate the agreement process for projects by ensuring the Department receives complete information in LSAA notifications for evaluating and developing draft agreements" (Gary Hobgood, DFG).

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    Proposition 90 – The New Trojan Horse That Attacks Land Use Planning and Regulation

    In November, California voters will have the opportunity to consider 13 initiatives on the statewide ballot. Hidden among the bond proposals and the telegenic oil company tax is Proposition 90, the selfstyled "Protect Our Homes Act."

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    Supreme Court Rules on Wetlands

    This Impact Report article is designed to provide some background information about the decision, and its potential ramifications.

 
 

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