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California case may add new climate obligations

May 12, 2017 by Ronjoy Bezbarua

(Source: Bloomberg BNA) Regional planning agencies and developers may need to consider California’s climate goals as part of transportation and other long-range projects as the state’s highest court weighs whether environmental reviews must be consistent with the governor’s greenhouse gas targets. The decision from the California Supreme Court, expected by August, could also prove to be a significant test of a governor’s ability to drive state climate policy through executive orders, an attorney tracking the case said. At issue is a legal battle over how the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) analyzed greenhouse gas emissions impacts in the first regional transportation plan as well as a strategy for sustainable communities developed under a state law that requires regional and local governments to link their transportation and land-use planning efforts. The plans must be designed to meet regional targets to reduce emissions from cars and trucks. Read full article….

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