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Turbulence Ahead for the Clean Water Act: Agencies Redefine “Waters of the United States” as SCOTUS Prepares to Rule in Sackett v. EPA

USA - January 18 2023 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday published a final rule defining “Waters of the United…

EPA Endorses New Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

USA - January 11 2023 After unexpected controversy earlier in the year, on December 15, 2022 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Final Rule…

WARNING: Get Your Prop 65 House in Order for the New Year

USA - January 9 2023 Companies should regularly assess their Prop 65 compliance. Products, packaging, business relationships, and the rules for compliance are constantly…

2022 CEQA Legislative Recap

USA - January 5 2023 In response to developers’ continued cry for meaningful reform, changes to or exemptions from the California Environmental Quality Act (Pub. Res…

California’s Newly Adopted “Safe Harbor” Warning Label for Acrylamide In Foods Turns Up the Heat In Ongoing First Amendment Challenge to Proposition 65

USA - December 13 2022 California has approved a new, alternative “Safe Harbor” warning label for foods containing acrylamide, a naturally-occurring byproduct that occurs…

More Places, Less Spaces: California is Driving Down Development Costs

USA - December 12 2022 In an effort to decrease the skyrocketing development costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Assembly Bill 2097 (AB 2097) aims to eliminate a key…

Your Los Angeles Region Land Use Digest

USA - December 6 2022 Sheppard Mullin is pleased to share the first issue of our quarterly LA Land Use Digest, featuring: updates on the latest legislation from the region…

PFAS and Food Packaging: Regulatory Changes Create Ripple Effects for PFAs-Related Litigation

USA - November 16 2022 Federal and state agencies are considering restrictions or bans of individual ‘forever chemicals’ PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds)…

Up In Smoke - CA Court of Appeal Dismisses Prop 65 Case Against Water Pipe Manufacturer Narrowly Construing The Term “Expose”

USA - November 8 2022 California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Health & Safety Code § 25249.5 et seq.) (“Prop 65”) is a California law that…

Will Newsom’s Nicety Bill Curb Disruptive Behavior During Public Hearings?

USA - October 31 2022 The zeitgeist of pandemic-era American politics has been ugly. Really ugly. In an environment where civil disobedience skews uncivil, how do we…