Environmental Law

Envt'l Law News Spring 2017, Vol. 26, No. 1

Public Interest Standing Under CEQA: Will We Ever Know What Types of ‘Urgent Considerations’ Outweigh a Petitioner’s Standing?

by Jonathan E. Shardlow* and Martin P. Stratte**1

"Reform of CEQA is the Lord’s work, but unfortunately the Lord’s work doesn’t always get done."2

—California Governor Jerry Brown

The California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") is a self-executing statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible.3Because CEQA is a self-executing statute, state and local agencies are entrusted with the responsibility of complying with CEQA, and enforcement occurs through public litigation.4

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