“Randy Gordon: Time to modernize California environmental act”

January 24, 2013

By Randy Gordon

Most people would agree that if a school, hospital or road project had done extensive environmental review and met all state and local laws, including the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act, the project should be allowed to go forward without being sued for purported environmental reasons. Unfortunately, today in California, such projects are being delayed and facing increased costs — many passed along to taxpayers — or killed altogether because of abusive litigation that frequently has nothing to do with the environment.

For the past 40 years, the California Environmental Quality Act has served as a vital tool to protect our environment by ensuring that all proposed local development projects undergo a rigorous review process and that the impacts of new projects on the environment are adequately mitigated

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