Environmental Law

About the Section

Founded in 2010, the Environmental, Land Use and Sustainability Section is one of the newest sections of the ACBA.  Our section has steadily grown and consistently provides our members with quality educational and networking opportunities focused on land use, environmental law, and sustainability issues. 

The Environmental Law Section offers several MCLE programs each year covering a wide range of environmental topics, including issues relating to air, water, litigation, waste management, natural resources, endangered species, toxics, climate change, land use and CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act). 

The Section also sponsors an annual “Meet Your Regulators” event, providing our members with an opportunity to network with regulators from environmental agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Alameda County Environmental Health Department, Port of Oakland, and more, in a relaxed, casual setting.

The Environmental Law Executive Committee is dedicated to supporting efforts to green your business, and encourages you to sign the Eco Pledge and share it with your colleagues.

 

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Regulators' Reception on March 27, 2013.  A special thank you to the our event sponsors:

                         Weiss Associates

You can view more photos from the event here.

 

Upcoming Events:

Environmental Regulatory Developments and Trends: State and Federal

May 28. 2014 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Please join the Environmental Section for the review of regulatory developments in 2013 and what's to come in 2014.

 

For more events, please visit the ACBA events calendar.

 

Environmental news of interest:

EPA fines companies for failure to report the amount chemicals, including diesel fuel, stored under EPCRA. http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/eb36d963ddbc189785257b01006ccefe!OpenDocument

Calif. bill introduced re Prop 65: would allow a business owner who receives notice of a Prop. 65 violation to avoid retrospective fines by fixing the violation within 14 days http://assemblymanmikegatto.blogspot.com/2013/02/gatto-introduces-bill-to-protect.html

OEHHA proposes to adopt a Proposition 65 Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) of 290 micrograms per day for exposures to bisphenol A (BPA)  See link for more details: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65/law/012513BPA_MADL.html

California Defeats Lawsuit Against Cap-and-Trade---with another lawsuit in Sacramento pending
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-28/california-defeats-lawsuit-against-cap-and-trade-program-1-.html

BP sentenced to pay $4 billion in criminal fines and penalties for Deepwater Horizon, the largest criminal resolution
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/January/13-ag-123.html

EPA's 100% Green Power list includes: Intel, Whole Foods and Kohl's
http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/partner100.htm

 


The Executive Committee

CHAIR
Peter Ton


Wactor & Wick
180 Grand Avenue, Suite 950
Oakland, CA 94612
pton@ww-envlaw.com
(510) 465-5750

      

VICE-CHAIR
Kimberley Chew 


Burnham Brown
1901 Harrison Street, 14th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
kchew@burnhambrown.com
(510) 835-6729

         

SECRETARY
Jason Holder


Holder Law Group
339 15th Street, Ste. 202
Oakland, CA 94612
jason@holderecolaw.com
(510) 338-3759

 

MEMBER
Jennifer Berg


Northgate Environmental Management
300 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Suite 510
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 464-7947
 
         

MEMBER
Jewell Hargleroad 


Law Office of Jewell Hargleroad
1090 B Street, Suite 104
Hayward, CA 94541
jewellhargleroad@mac.com
(510) 331-2975
 

MEMBER
Melissa Horst 


Burnham Brown
1901 Harrison Street, 14th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
mhorst@burnhambrown.com
(510) 444-6800

         

MEMBER
Patrick Hubbard 


Treadwell & Rollo
501 14th Street, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
pbhubbard@treadwellrollo.com
(510) 874-7013

       

MEMBER
Chris Noma


Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP
1111 Broadway, 24th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607-4036
(510) 834-6600
 
         

ACBA BOARD LIAISON
Nedra Shawler


Office of Alameda County Counsel
1221 Oak Street, Suite 450
Oakland, CA 94612
 

ACBA STAFF LIAISON
Hayassah Hayashi


1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 302-2200