California News

by William Yeatman on August 19, 2008

A California court rejected a proposal to build a controversial luxury resort and golf course in Desert Hot Springs because the project's environmental study failed to analyze the project's greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit, which was brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club, challenged the development based on AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. AB 32 did not address emissions analysis as part of the California Environmental Quality Act, but the California Legislature passed SB 97 last year, requiring the Office of Planning and Research to develop regulations on how emissions should be addressed in CEQ documents no later than July 1, 2009. The court’s decision is the first legal interpretation of how to incorporate emissions analysis into CEQ documents until the OPR releases its regulations.

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