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
âCalifornia 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