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  • Known as CEQA, this landmark environmental protection law requires an environmental impact report and effective measures to mitigate environmental harm for any project that may have a significant effect on the environment.

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  • If signed by the governor, AB900 would allow projects costing $100 million or more to request streamlined judicial review under the California Environmental Quality Act, known as CEQA.

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  • Whether the CEQA is the best vehicle for serving as a watchdog for people and the environment is debatable -- but pushing it aside reveals the top priority for Schwarzenegger.

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  • CEQA isn't perfect, but it has served Californians well by providing communities a line of self-defense when elected officials become cheerleaders for, not regulators of, significant projects.

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  • CEQA derailed the incinerator in Vernon, the commercial center in Richmond, the oil drilling on Santa Monica Bay, the massive golf resort in Potrero Valley, and the warehouses along the LA River, where the sites were then acquired for state parkland.

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  • In addressing these and countless projects like them up and down the state, Californians have relied on CEQA for over 40 years to protect their communities and our natural resources from environmentally uninformed government decisions -- decisions that needlessly pollute our air, contaminate our water, endanger our children's health, despoil our wild lands, and undermine the quality of our lives.

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  • CEQA has been called "a bill of rights for an environmental democracy," and development is better, smarter, and greener because of it.

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  • But environmental democracy takes time, costs money, and has regulatory teeth, so CEQA has also become the law that developers love to hate.

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  • The bills amend CEQA to expedite court review of legal challenges to "environmental leadership projects" that commit to meet certain loosely-defined environmental standards and create a significant number of jobs.

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  • But once amended, the threat to CEQA and the purposes it serves becomes dangerously difficult to contain.

    Joel Reynolds: Handle CEQA With Care


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