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CEQA Reform: The Aggrieved Instigator

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,[1] 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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