Law360, New York (March 5, 2013, 12:04 PM EST) -- For California Environmental Quality Act practitioners, only one thing is certain in this current economic and political climate: change. The CEQA, originally passed in 1970 to increase public information and reduce environmental impact, has evolved into a putative form of business regulation and is therefore oft at the center of the long-standing tension between environmental interests and business interests.
Whether or not the act is as powerful as critics contend, one perception is that this granddaddy of environmental impact assessment requirement is a roadblock to development and thus economic growth. As efforts to recharge California’s economy ramp up, the CEQA finds...
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