Fast-Track Ruling Could Weaken CEQA Reform Push

Law360, San Diego (April 2, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT) -- A California state judge on Friday held unconstitutional part of a 2011 law allowing developers to expedite California Environmental Quality Act challenges to certain emissions-free green projects by sending claims directly to an appellate judge, a move attorneys say could derail ongoing legislative efforts to reform the state’s landmark law for reviewing projects’ environmental effects.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled from the bench that the provision forcing suits over large-scale green projects to bypass superior court review and head directly to an appeals...
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