“Environmentalists, unions fear last-minute CEQA changes”

August 14, 2012

LA Times

“Environmentalists and labor unions are raising concerns that state lawmakers will use the final weeks of this year’s legislative session to make sweeping changes to California’s landmark environmental law.

On Monday, a coalition of 10 groups sent lawmakers a letter warning them about a proposal being “circulated in the Capitol Building” to alter the California Environmental Quality Act, including a key provision that would exempt projects that comply with local planning and zoning codes.

“That would effectively be the end of CEQA as we know it,” said Dave Pettit, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the groups that signed the letter.”

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