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.

To join the section, please contact our Membership Department at (510) 302-2200 or hadassah@acbanet.org.

Upcoming Events

March 22, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Navigating the Requirements for Analyzing Climate Change Impacts Under CEQA
Greenhouse gas analysis under CEQA has become less certain since the California Supreme Court’s decision in Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Newhall Land & Farming), Governor Brown’s 2015 Executive Order, 2015 and 2016 state legislation requiring increased levels of electricity generated by renewables and setting new greenhouse gas targets for 2030, and ARB’s most recent draft Scoping Plan. In addition, the California Supreme Court’s pending decision in Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. SANDAG complicates the path to a sound and defensible analysis. Join us for a panel discussion exploring various approaches for evaluating greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and climate adaptation in this rapidly evolving area of the law.

May 23, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About CEQA + New Developments
This program will provide an overview of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Topics will include application to public agency decision making; legal challenges regarding CEQA compliance with a focus on when CEQA applies, CEQA exemptions, negative declarations, and environmental impact reports; and unique procedural requirements and standards of review involved in CEQA litigation. We will also discuss recent CEQA case law including several recent decisions by the California Supreme Court. This program should be considered introductory in nature, yet useful to any practitioner whose practice involves real estate and development projects.

New events are added regularly. Please visit the ACBA Calendar for more upcoming events.

2015 Environmental Regulator’s Reception

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Regulators’ Reception on April 16, 2015.  A special thank you to the our event sponsors:

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Environmental Law February 2016 e-Newsletter – Read the Full Newsletter Here

  1. Message from the Chair
  2. Lunch Hour Seminar (February 17th Noon) – What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About CEQA + New Supreme Court CEQA Developments
  3. Reception (April 20th 5:30 p.m.) – 6th Annual Environmental Regulators Reception
  4. The Drought – Yes! It’s raining, but what has happened to our DROUGHT?
  5. Interview with Judge Grillo – Interview with Alameda County Judge Grill regarding CEQA Litigation
  6. 2016 Environmental Law Section Executive Committee

Environmental news of interest:

EPA fines companies for failure to report the amount chemicals, including diesel fuel, stored under EPCRA. http://yosemite.epa.gov

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

BP sentenced to pay $4 billion in criminal fines and penalties for Deepwater Horizon, the largest criminal resolution

The Executive Committee

Summer L. Nastich

Nastich Law
2341 Derby Street
Berkeley, CA 94705
(415) 794-4210

Summer Nastich
Phillip H. Babich

Reed Smith
101 Second Street, Suite 1800
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 659-5654

Phillip Babich
Patrick Hubbard

501 14th Street, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 874-7099, ext. 7013

Patrick Hubbard
Jason W. Holder

Holder Law Group
339 15th Street, Suite 202
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 338-3759

Jason Holder
Maya Nair

US Coast Guard
Coast Guard Island, Building 54a
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 437-5932

Maya Nair
Hadassah Hayashi

Membership & Education Manager
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 302-2200

Hadassah Hayashi