Editorial: State’s tough environmental law twisted to suit self interest

Once again, on of California’s signature environmental laws is being perverted for purposes that have nothing to do with environmental protection.

The California Environmental Quality Act, passed in 1970, to protect the environment, But it has often become a battering ram in disputes over development or as a means to extort concessions from developers. The law requires developers to conduct environmental impact studies of proposed projects and mitigate any negative effects. Slow-moving CEQA lawsuits challenging the plans can add years of costly delays, sometimes fatal to the projects.

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