California Assembly Advances Major CEQA EJ Bill, But Critics Cloud Fate

January 13, 2022
Lawmakers in the California state Assembly are advancing a landmark bill to expand the state’s sweeping environmental review statute to ensure pollution-mitigation measures are undertaken within disadvantaged communities that will be negatively affected, but stiff opposition from numerous industry groups could eventually sink the measure. “I recognize that much of the [California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)] mitigation happens within the affected communities, but that is not always the case,” said Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) during a Jan. 10 hearing...

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