by Julia Stein
As we close out 2018âour first year as part of the California Lawyers Associationâwe’re excited to bring you another issue of Environmental Law News featuring a broad range of topics and voices. Our issue starts with a message from this year’s Environmental Section Executive Committee Chair, Nicole Gordon, recounting this year’s wonderful Yosemite Conference and reminding us of opportunities to get involved with the Section and CLA in the coming year. I especially want to echo her solicitation for articles for Environmental Law News, webinar topics, and other suggestions you think would be helpful to our membership. As we continue to grow with CLA, we remain committed to providing our Section members with meaningful programming and educational opportunitiesâso please let us know how we can best serve you!
Following Nicole’s message, Meredith Hankins brings us a thorough analysis of a proposed change to stationary source regulation under the Clean Air Act as part of the Trump administration’s "Affordable Clean Energy" rule. Next, Justin Lee provides a perspective on enforcement against environmental crimes in the context of protecting California’s declining abalone population. Martin Stratte and George Kenline explain the import to CEQA practitioners of two recently enacted laws, SB 1000 and AB 617, both of which purport to address environmental impacts to disadvantaged communities. Philip Williams and Elena Idell analyze Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, recently decided by the United States Supreme Court, and offer their thoughts on the case’s intersection with the Chevron doctrine. Finally, Jan Stevens closes our issue with a discussion of the California Court of Appeal’s decision in Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Control Board, extending application of the public trust doctrine to groundwater. With so much happening in our field at both the state and federal levels, we’re glad to be able to bring you analysis on a variety of topics, and look forward to engaging with you in 2019!