Bick Law LLP Publishes an Article in Law360 – California Contamination Cases: Response Cost Recovery Guide

Fri Jun 23rd, On Environmental Law, by

  On June 1, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Appellate District of the state of California affirmed in part and reversed in part, and remanded with directions, the appeal by the Orange County Water District (OCWD) of the Superior Court of Orange County’s judgment in favor of the defendants in the underlying case. Orange County Water District v. Alcoa Global Fasteners (2017) _ Cal.App.5th _ , 2017. Importantly, the appellate […]

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EPA Administrator Pruitt Takes Over $50M Superfund Sites

Thu May 25th, On Environmental Law, by

On May 22, 2017, Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Memorandum outlining actions for prioritizing the Superfund program, reviewing the remedy selection process, and establishing a task force to provide recommendations on an expedited timeframe to restructure the Superfund cleanup process.  In his Memorandum, Administrator Pruitt indicated he has “heard that some Superfund cleanups take too long to start and too long to complete.” This is not news to the Potentially […]

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California’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Program on Track to Reduce State-Wide GHG Emissions

Wed May 17th, On Environmental Law, by

In January, the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) released a Midterm Review of Advanced Clean Cars Program report (“Midterm Review”), the most exhaustive evaluation to date of the California passenger vehicle market.  The Midterm Review includes the first comprehensive and in-depth analysis of California’s Zero-Emission Vehicles Program (“ZEV Program”).  The Midterm Review found that California is on track to deliver significant clean-air and public health benefits by 2025 through its […]

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Proposed “Preserve California” Legislative Package Would Ensure California’s Stringent Environmental Standards Despite Trump

Wed May 10th, On Environmental Law, by

In February, the California Senate proposed the “Preserve California” legislative package to establish enforceable California Environmental Laws that are more stringent than the resulting federal environmental law if certain laws are repealed or modified by President Trump and the GOP-controlled U.S. Congress.  This package is clearly an attempt to push back against Trump who has signaled he will reduce environmental protections and reduce funding for environmental enforcement of the remaining […]

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