9th Circuit declines to rehear National Parks & Conservation Assoc. v. BLM (Kaiser Eagle Mountain case)

Author: Brandon Middleton Yesterday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to reconsider its November 2009 decision in National Parks & Conservation Assoc. v. Bureau of Land Management (available here), in which it held that a BLM land exchange with … Continue reading

Bad news for the economy: EPA refuses review of CO2 “endangerment” finding

Author: Ted Hadzi-Antich On July 28, 2010, EPA denied the petition by Pacific Legal Foundation to reconsider the agency's "endangerment" finding under the Clean Air Act, a finding that lays the groundwork for stringent regulation of greenhouse gases and could impose … Continue reading

California court rulings for Coastal Commission favor costly permiting process

Author:  Paul Beard Imagine this scenario:  Your city grants you a permit to build on your land.  The permit is appealed—say, by some disgruntled neighbor—to a state land-use agency with limited authority to review locally approved projects.  You sue the state agency … Continue reading

Bringing fresh eyes to California air regulation

Author:  Damien M. Schiff A year ago June, PLF filed a lawsuit on behalf of a coalition of California construction and transportation businesses challenging the outdated appointments of members of the Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants (SRP).  The … Continue reading

Press conference: state fines businessman for selling “worm poop” fertilizer

WHEN: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 2:00 p.m. PDT. WHERE: California State Capitol, West Steps, Sacramento. WHO: George Hahn, entrepreneur from Cardiff by the Sea, CA, and inventor of Worm Gold, Timothy Sandefur, principal attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation. WHAT:Press conference … Continue reading