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June 12, 1986
The City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday on the environmental impact report prepared for a proposed landfill north of Lower Azusa Road in Arcadia. The 82-acre site, which abuts homes in El Monte, is owned by E. O. Rodeffer and has been operated by his company as a quarry since 1958. At that time, he signed an agreement with Arcadia stipulating that he work the quarry for 20 years and then convert it into a landfill.
April 24, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
In the ongoing battle over offshore drilling, a federal judge in Alaska told regulators Thursday to redo an environmental impact study that underestimated the amount of recoverable oil and, potentially, the risks to delicate Arctic habitat. The decision by U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline stopped short of scrapping the $2.6 billion in leases, however. His ruling followed an appeals court decision in January that federal officials had arbitrarily decided drilling companies could extract 1 billion barrels of oil from the shallow waters off the northwest coast of Alaska.
In a crushing blow to opponents of the $1-billion Ahmanson Ranch housing project, a Ventura County judge on Friday ruled that the environmental impact report on the mini-city is adequate and said county officials complied with all state environmental laws in approving the development. "The court concludes that the Ventura County Board of Supervisors did not abuse its discretion in certifying the EIR" and in approving the project, Superior Court Judge Barbara A. Lane wrote in her 55-page ruling.
March 20, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
A state appellate court on Thursday cleared away a legal obstacle standing in the way of plans to build a community of 60,000 residents about 35 miles north of Los Angeles. The court essentially restored a permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that granted the Newhall Land and Farming Co. permission to alter a wild river. A three-judge panel of the California 2nd District Court of Appeal overturned a Los Angeles County Superior Court ruling that set aside a 5,828-page environmental impact report.
May 23, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
An environmental group that has supported a proposed downtown Los Angeles football stadium and helped the developer secure special treatment in the courts issued a sharply worded critique Tuesday of environmental documents prepared for the project. In a 16-page letter to city officials, the Natural Resources Defense Council called on Anschutz Entertainment Group to rewrite and recirculate a recently released environmental impact report on the proposed stadium, saying it failed to fully analyze health risks created by cars that would travel to and from the 72,000-seat facility.
October 16, 1998 | SUE FOX
Two groups concerned about massive growth in Los Angeles are challenging the environmental report for the city's General Plan Framework, which serves as a blueprint for future development. The plan was adopted by the City Council in 1996. The city then approved an environmental-impact report in support of the plan.
May 30, 1990 | THIA BELL
An Ojai couple who want to build seven houses in a citrus grove will have to redo an environmental impact report on the project to take into account a one-year moratorium on new water hookups, city officials said Tuesday. Joseph and Josephine Macaluso have already spent more than $25,000 on an environmental report on their proposal to build seven houses in a 10-acre orange orchard near Nordhoff Cemetery on Cuyama and Del Norte roads.
The study looking at environmental effects of the proposed San Joaquin Hills toll road is adequate and requires only minor modifications, the Irvine City Council decided Tuesday. The city, a member of the Transportation Corridor Agency, which is planning the toll road, will cast its vote in favor of certifying the environmental impact report during the agency's meeting Thursday at Santa Ana City Hall.
The school board has voted to proceed with acquiring a Lemonwood site proposed for the Juan Laguna Soria Elementary School, despite safety concerns expressed by several parents and community members at a public hearing. After listening to a lengthy explanation Wednesday night of an environmental impact report on the proposed site, the trustees accepted the report as complete and technically accurate.
December 7, 1993 | J.E. MITCHELL
A draft environmental impact report on the proposed Koll-Leonard factory outlet mall in Camarillo was released Monday as city officials continue to appeal a Superior Court judgment that stopped the development earlier this year. City officials said they opted to have the draft EIR prepared while they continue to battle the judgment issued this summer by Ventura Superior Court Judge Melinda Johnson, which was prompted by a lawsuit filed by Oxnard developer Stephen Maulhardt.
March 5, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
A court ruling issued Wednesday could throw up obstacles to operation of a Kern County groundwater bank that has helped billionaire Stewart Resnick build a nut empire in the southern San Joaquin Valley. In the latest development in a two-decade legal fight, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge found that the state Department of Water Resources didn't properly analyze the environmental impacts of the Kern Water Bank, which is partly controlled by Resnick's Paramount Farms enterprise.
February 3, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
This post has been corrected, as indicated below. When the State Department released its environmental report on the Keystone XL pipeline Friday, the timing led me to fear the worst. It's a strategy bordering on tradition in politics that if you want to minimize the fallout from a controversy, you release the details late on a Friday, preferably leading into a holiday weekend. The theory is that by the time the next workweek rolls around, most people will have forgotten about it and the notoriously short and fickle public discourse will have moved on to something else.
November 24, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Gov. Jerry Brown has released draft regulations to govern fracking in California that very closely follow the lines of a bill passed this year by the Legislature. The problem is that the bill itself, though better than nothing, is not strong enough to ensure the safety of the state's air, water and ground stability in the face of this controversial and not-yet-fully-understood practice. Neither the bill nor the draft regulations make it clear whether the state will require environmental impact reports for individual fracking projects under the California Environmental Quality Act. The author of the bill, Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills)
April 22, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued a sharply critical assessment of the State Department's recent environmental impact review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, certain to complicate efforts to win approval for the $7-billion project. In a letter to top State Department officials overseeing the permit process for the pipeline, the EPA lays out detailed objections regarding greenhouse gas emissions related to the project, pipeline safety and alternative routes.
January 7, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
A federal judge has blocked plans to greatly expand a small Placer County ski resort on the western shore of Lake Tahoe after finding that the project's environmental review was inadequate.  In a mixed decision issued Friday, U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb ruled that Placer County and regional planners had improperly decided that plans for a smaller project weren't economically feasible. He ordered them to reconsider a less ambitious proposal as part of a revised environmental review under California law and the bi-state compact that regulates development in the Tahoe basin.
October 15, 2012 | Ruben Vives
The environmental impact report on hydraulic fracturing at the Inglewood Oil Field was supposed to address key concerns raised by residents of the Baldwin Hills area. Instead, the report has deepened tensions between the oil field's owner, Plains Exploration & Production Co., and the community after the findings were released last week. The yearlong study -- conducted by an environmental consulting firm and paid for by the owner and operator of the oil field -- concluded that the controversial extraction method used at two wells did not affect the environment or health of those living nearby.
December 14, 1993 | RON GALPERIN
Developing real estate in the San Fernando Valley started out as a pretty simple process. There were a few municipal approvals needed, but nothing all that complicated. Today, however, concerns about population density and environmental quality have changed the way developers have to do business.
August 12, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
Pasadena would see a significant and unavoidable increase in noise, traffic and air pollution if an NFL team were to play at the Rose Bowl, but the biggest effects would be temporary and manageable, according to a new report released by the city of Pasadena. The environmental study released last week was commissioned by the city as it prepares for the possibility of hosting an NFL team while a permanent stadium is built elsewhere in the region. Officials decided to go ahead with the environmental review on the chance that a team will want to relocate to Southern California and use the Rose Bowl, a decision that is also contingent on approval by the National Football League.
August 2, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
One of the West's most ambitious private water marketing proposals has taken a step forward with the environmental approval ofCadiz Inc.'s plans to sell massive amounts of Mojave Desert groundwater to Southern California. The board of the Santa Margarita Water District, which serves 155,000 customers in south Orange County, voted 5 to 0 Tuesday night to sign off on the project's environmental impact report under state law. The board also agreed to buy one-tenth of the project's proposed annual yield.
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