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Comments From Greenaction For Health And Environmental Justice Regarding Navy' S Draft Addendum To Five-Year Review (Evaluation Of Radiological Remedial Goals For Soil, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard), Golden Gate University School Of Law, Robert D. Mullaney Sep 2019

Comments From Greenaction For Health And Environmental Justice Regarding Navy' S Draft Addendum To Five-Year Review (Evaluation Of Radiological Remedial Goals For Soil, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard), Golden Gate University School Of Law, Robert D. Mullaney

Hunters Point Naval Shipyard

On August 8, 2019, the Department of the Navy issued a Draft Addendum to the Five-Year Review, enclosing an Evaluation of Radiological Remedial Goals for Soil at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard ("HPNS"), and provided a 30-day period for both the public and regulatory agencies to review and comment on the document. This letter, submitted on behalf of Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice ("Greenaction"), contains comments regarding the Navy's Draft Addendum. In its Fourth Five-Year Review, the Navy stated that it would issue a Draft Addendum to evaluate the long-term protectiveness of the Remediation Goals for soil, and ...


Respect For Community Narratives Of Environmental Injustice: The Dignity Right To Be Heard And Believed, Helen H. Kang Jan 2019

Respect For Community Narratives Of Environmental Injustice: The Dignity Right To Be Heard And Believed, Helen H. Kang

Publications

Part I of this article covers the history of the shipyard at Hunters Point in San Francisco and, as told through stories and voices of residents, the disregard government agencies overseeing the cleanup showed the community. Part I also discusses the massive cleanup fraud that has prolonged the cleanup of nuclear contamination at the shipyard. Part II of the article connects environmental injustice storytelling to the dignity of communities overburdened by pollution. Part Ill discusses how advocates and teachers, in particular professors of environmental clinics, can better integrate these narratives in environmental justice advocacy and teaching, in the classroom and ...


The Debate Over Bears Ears National Monument, Emilie Johnson, Nicholas Joy Sep 2018

The Debate Over Bears Ears National Monument, Emilie Johnson, Nicholas Joy

GGU Law Review Blog

President Trump attempts to reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument.


Rivers That Depend On Aquifers: Drafting Gma Groundwater Plans With Fisheries In Mind, Paul Stanton Kibel, Julie Gantenbein Aug 2018

Rivers That Depend On Aquifers: Drafting Gma Groundwater Plans With Fisheries In Mind, Paul Stanton Kibel, Julie Gantenbein

CUEL - Center for Urban Environmental Law

This guidebook covers the requirements of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) that apply to interconnected groundwater and surface water and the impacts of groundwater pumping on fisheries.

This handbook is also available at: https://ggucuel.org/.


Sea Level Rise And Storm Surge Projections For The National Park Service, M. A., R. L. Beavers Caffrey, C. H. Hoffman May 2018

Sea Level Rise And Storm Surge Projections For The National Park Service, M. A., R. L. Beavers Caffrey, C. H. Hoffman

Federal Documents

Over one quarter of the units of the National Park System occur along ocean coastlines. Ongoing changes in relative sea levels and the potential for increasing storm surges due to anthropogenic climate change and other factors present challenges to national park managers. This report summarizes work done by the University of Colorado in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to provide sea level rise and storm surge projections to coastal area national parks using information from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and storm surge scenarios from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) models. This research ...


2018 Annual Report: Accelerating Solutions, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Jan 2018

2018 Annual Report: Accelerating Solutions, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Environment, Energy, and Water

No abstract provided.


Rivers That Depend On Aquifers: Drafting Sgma Groundwater Plans With Fisheries In Mind, Paul Stanton Kibel, Julie Gantenbein Jan 2018

Rivers That Depend On Aquifers: Drafting Sgma Groundwater Plans With Fisheries In Mind, Paul Stanton Kibel, Julie Gantenbein

Publications

Guidebook on rivers that depend on aquifers. Published by the Center on Urban and Environmental Law.

Also available at: https://ggucuel.org/fisheries.


California Rushes In—Keeping Water Instream For Fisheries Without Federal Law, Paul Stanton Kibel Jan 2018

California Rushes In—Keeping Water Instream For Fisheries Without Federal Law, Paul Stanton Kibel

Publications

This Article examines the ways that federal law and federal agencies currently provide a legal basis to keep water instream for California fisheries, and the ways that California water law may be in a position to fill the regulatory gap that may be left if federal water law and federal agencies recede.

Following the introduction, Part I of the Article identifies the different ways that instream flow affects California fisheries. Part II then surveys federal laws and federal agencies that have traditionally supported efforts to keep water instream for California fisheries. In Part III, the Article presents examples of how ...


Greenaction For Health And Environmental Justice, Petitioner, V. Tetra Tech Ec, Inc. Licensee., Golden Gate University School Of Law Jun 2017

Greenaction For Health And Environmental Justice, Petitioner, V. Tetra Tech Ec, Inc. Licensee., Golden Gate University School Of Law

Environmental Law and Justice Clinic

Led by our clinic professor, Steve Castleman, our clinic filed a student-researched petition before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, seeking to have the agency responsible for nuclear safety revoke a nuclear materials license held by a company that is responsible for cleaning up the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. We got great media coverage. In the coverage done by NBC Investigative Unit, which also covered the clinic’s work on pollution in Hunters Point last month, reporter Liz Wagner is holding up the petition that the clinic filed.

The shipyard is slated for commercial and residential development. The cleanup contractor, Tetra Tech ...


2015-2016 Legislative Summary, Assembly Committee On Water, Parks And Wildlife Jan 2017

2015-2016 Legislative Summary, Assembly Committee On Water, Parks And Wildlife

California Agencies

No abstract provided.


Bay Area Air Quality Management District 2016 Annual Report, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Jan 2017

Bay Area Air Quality Management District 2016 Annual Report, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

California Agencies

No abstract provided.


2015-16 Legislative Summary, Assembly Committee On Environmental Safety And Toxic Materials Jan 2017

2015-16 Legislative Summary, Assembly Committee On Environmental Safety And Toxic Materials

California Agencies

No abstract provided.


2017 Annual Report - Envision Deliver Protect, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Jan 2017

2017 Annual Report - Envision Deliver Protect, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

California Agencies

No abstract provided.


2017 Annual Report: Envision Deliver Protect, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Jan 2017

2017 Annual Report: Envision Deliver Protect, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Environment, Energy, and Water

No abstract provided.


Damage To Fisheries By Dams: The Interplay Between International Water Law And International Fisheries Law, Paul Stanton Kibel Jan 2017

Damage To Fisheries By Dams: The Interplay Between International Water Law And International Fisheries Law, Paul Stanton Kibel

Publications

Following the introduction, Part One documents the effects of on-stream dams on fisheries, aquatic habitat and fishing-dependent communities. In Part Two, the Article examines how principles from international fisheries law (which has traditionally focused more on ocean fisheries than freshwater fisheries) apply in the transboundary river context. Part Three then identifies the rights of upstream/downstream nations under international water law pertaining to the impoundment and release of water from on-stream dams on waterways where fisheries are present. Next, in Part Four, the Article considers how international environmental impact assessment obligations relate to the construction and operation of on-stream dams ...


Environmental Law And Justice Clinic 2015-2016 Report, Helen H. Kang Jun 2016

Environmental Law And Justice Clinic 2015-2016 Report, Helen H. Kang

Environmental Law and Justice Clinic

Founded in 1994 in consultation with community leaders, the Clinic serves as a training ground for the next generation of social justice advocates and provides critical legal services to under-served communities throughout California and beyond. As one of the first law clinics in the United States to prioritize environmental justice, the Clinic has been widely recognized as a provider of high quality pro bono legal support to communities suffering the most from pollution.

In its third decade of service, the Clinic has focused particular attention on clean drinking water for low-income communities and clean energy for California, while continuing its ...


With The People, Against Polluters, Golden Gate University Apr 2016

With The People, Against Polluters, Golden Gate University

Environmental Law and Justice Clinic

As one of the first law school clinics in the United States to prioritize environmental justice in its work. the ELJC has been widely recognized as a provider of high quality pro bono legal services to neighborhoods suffering the most from pollution. giving underrepresented communities a voice in the legal system. The Clinic offers free legal services to · community groups, public interest organizations. and residents who are working to promote environmental equity.


2016 California Water Law Symposium, Golden Gate University School Of Law Jan 2016

2016 California Water Law Symposium, Golden Gate University School Of Law

Environmental Law Symposia

This award-winning event is produced by law students from McGeorge School of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law, UC Hastings College of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, and UC Davis School of Law. This year we will explore innovations needed to address periodic drought as the new normal in California water via six exciting panels. The panels will examine the importance of “thinking globally, acting locally” in the context of key emerging issues.

Conference proceedings attached.

PROGRAM

Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Introduction 9:00 ...


Annual Report 2015, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Jan 2016

Annual Report 2015, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

California Agencies

No abstract provided.


2016 Annual Report - Leading The Way, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Jan 2016

2016 Annual Report - Leading The Way, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

California Agencies

No abstract provided.


2016 Annual Report: Leading The Way, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Jan 2016

2016 Annual Report: Leading The Way, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Environment, Energy, and Water

No abstract provided.


Our Supreme Court Tackles Greenhouse Gas Analysis In Eirs, Alan Ramo Jan 2016

Our Supreme Court Tackles Greenhouse Gas Analysis In Eirs, Alan Ramo

Publications

No abstract provided.


Passage And Flow Considered Anew: Wild Salmon Restoration Via Hyrdo Relicensing, Paul Stanton Kibel Jan 2016

Passage And Flow Considered Anew: Wild Salmon Restoration Via Hyrdo Relicensing, Paul Stanton Kibel

Publications

The FERC hydro relicensing process in the United States has often provided an effective mechanism to modify the terms of dam operations to reduce the adverse impacts on fisheries, particularly impacts on wild Pacific Coast salmon. This experience with FERC relicensing suggests that a transparent and scientifically rigorous regulatory framework to periodically review and modify the way dams operate can play a critical role in the restoration of wild fish stocks.


Kings County, Et Al., Petitioners, V. Surface Transportation Board And United States Of America, Et Al., Proposed Amicus Curiae Brief Of Center For Biological Diversity In Support Of Neither Party For Abstention Or Reversal Of The Surface Transportation Board’S Decision, Helen H. Kang, Et Al. Dec 2015

Kings County, Et Al., Petitioners, V. Surface Transportation Board And United States Of America, Et Al., Proposed Amicus Curiae Brief Of Center For Biological Diversity In Support Of Neither Party For Abstention Or Reversal Of The Surface Transportation Board’S Decision, Helen H. Kang, Et Al.

Publications

IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT

No. 15-71780 KINGS COUNTY, et al., Petitioners, v. SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Respondents, and CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY Intervenor and Respondent.

No. 15-72570 DIGNITY HEALTH, Petitioner, v. SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Respondents, and CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY Intervenor and Respondent. _______________________________________________________________ PROPOSED AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF OF CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY IN SUPPORT OF NEITHER PARTY FOR ABSTENTION OR REVERSAL OF THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD’S DECISION


Friends Of The Eel River And Californians For Alternatives To Toxics V. North Coast Railroad Authority And Board Of Directors Of North Coast Railroad Authority, Et Al., Plaintiffs’ Consolidated Response To Briefs Of Amici Curiae In Support Of Respondents And Real Party In Interest, Helen H. Kang, Et Al. Aug 2015

Friends Of The Eel River And Californians For Alternatives To Toxics V. North Coast Railroad Authority And Board Of Directors Of North Coast Railroad Authority, Et Al., Plaintiffs’ Consolidated Response To Briefs Of Amici Curiae In Support Of Respondents And Real Party In Interest, Helen H. Kang, Et Al.

Publications

Case No. S222472, In the Supreme Court of the State of California, FRIENDS OF THE EEL RIVER AND CALIFORNIANS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO TOXICS, Plaintiffs and Appellants, vs. NORTH COAST RAILROAD AUTHORITY AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTH COAST RAILROAD AUTHORITY, Defendants and Respondents, NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY, Real Party in Interest and Respondent. After a Decision by the Court of Appeal First Appellate District, Division One, Case Nos. A 139222, A139235 Appeal from Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Marin Case Nos. CIV 1103605, CIV 1103591. The Honorable Roy Chernus, Presiding. PLAINTIFFS’ CONSOLIDATED RESPONSE TO ...


Sea Level Rise, Saltwater Intrusion And Endangered Fisheries - Shifting Baselines For The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Paul S. Kibel Apr 2015

Sea Level Rise, Saltwater Intrusion And Endangered Fisheries - Shifting Baselines For The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Paul S. Kibel

Publications

UC Davis School of Law's March 2015 symposium on The Future of CEQA, out of which this article evolved, focused on how the substantive law governing the operation of the California Environmental Quality Act might change in the coming decades. In my presentation for the symposium's final panel, I suggested that certain changes in CEQA substantive law may well be driven by the increasing recognition that the background conditions against which projects will operate will themselves change significantly in the future.


Wasted Water: Reasonable Use Law In 21st Century California, Golden Gate University School Of Law Jan 2015

Wasted Water: Reasonable Use Law In 21st Century California, Golden Gate University School Of Law

Environmental Law Symposia

Proceedings of 2015 California Water Law Symposium (WLS), Prepared by Center on Urban Environmental Law (CUEL) at Golden Gate University (GGU) School of Law.


Candlestick Park Will Go Out With A Wrecking Ball, Not A Bang, Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross Jan 2015

Candlestick Park Will Go Out With A Wrecking Ball, Not A Bang, Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross

Articles About GGU Law

Plans for a pyrotechnic implosion of Candlestick Park have fizzled in favor of the wrecking ball with health fears and political pressure playing a big part in the decision.

The 54-year-old stadium is being demolished to make way for a shopping center, hotel and housing complex. But an attention-grabbing plan to implode the Stick next month ran into stiff opposition from Golden Gate University’s Environmental Law and Justice Clinic and the Bayview Hill Neighborhood Association over fears about noise and the spread of toxic dust.


2015 Annual Report - Together Creating A Clean Air Future, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Jan 2015

2015 Annual Report - Together Creating A Clean Air Future, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

California Agencies

No abstract provided.


Bay Area Air Quality Management District 2014 Annual Report, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Jan 2015

Bay Area Air Quality Management District 2014 Annual Report, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

California Agencies

No abstract provided.