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Amendments to the CEQA Guidelines Now In Effect

The amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines described in our previous legal alert have been approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and filed by the Secretary of State.  The OAL approved the amendments on December 28, 2018, and the Secretary of State filed the Guidelines the same day.  The amendments are now effective California Regulations.

Please note a correction to our previous legal alert from December 21, 2018.  The new California Code of Regulations Section 15064.3(c) requires lead agencies to adopt the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) methodology for evaluating transportation impacts by July 1, 2020.  The original text of our legal alert identified this deadline as January 1, 2020.  While lead agencies are permitted to adopt the VMT criteria for analyzing transportation impacts prior to July 1, 2020, the new criteria will apply statewide beginning on that date.

Please consult an updated version of our previous legal alert for more information about the new amendments to the CEQA Guidelines.

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Emily L. Murray, Environmental litigation Attorney, Allen Matkins Law Firm

Emily L. Murray is a partner in our Los Angeles office whose practice focuses on environmental litigation, land use, and energy law.

Emily's litigation practice includes federal and state court litigation of environmental claims related to land use, water quality, air quality, and hazardous materials brought under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the...

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Edward "Bo" Peterson is a Land Use associate in the firm's San Diego office.


Bo Peterson received his B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame. He received his J.D. from University of California, Berkeley.

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James Burroughs, Environmental land use Lawyer, Allen Matkins Law Firm

James T. Burroughs is a partner in the firm's San Francisco office, where he specializes in environmental and land use law. He manages the permit entitlement process for proposed projects, and specializes in federal, state and local permits involving environmental and natural resource issues. This typically includes compliance with CEQA, NEPA, wetlands, endangered species, streams and rivers, stormwater discharges, and coastal development rules and all related enforcement actions. For large-scale projects, Jim's responsibilities will include development of a...