Keeping Air Clean

Keeping Air Clean

When ConocoPhillips proposed to expand its refinery in Rodeo by 10,000 barrels a day, Contra Costa County issued a Draft EIR that indicated that it would raise cancer risk for people in neighboring communities. Thanks to the findings disclosed through this CEQA process, local residents and labor groups were galvanized to work with ConocoPhillips to implement measures to mitigate the pollution. Diesel exhaust during construction was reduced and...

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Preventing Sprawl

Preventing Sprawl

Conservation organizations and the City of Riverside used CEQA to prevent an ill-conceived commercial and residential development from being built on the edge of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area in Western Riverside County, one of Southern California’s most significant wildlife areas. The proposed Villages of Lakeview development would have increased regional traffic dramatically in a region that already struggles with some of the worst air...

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Protecting Public Health

Protecting Public Health

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the single largest source of air pollution in Southern California. As a result, nearby residents suffer high rates of respiratory illnesses. Local community members and environmentalists used CEQA to successfully challenge the Port of L.A.’s approval of a 147-acre terminal expansion for China Shipping Container Line. The parties eventually reached a historic settlement that required the Port to reduce...

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Saving Open Spaces

Saving Open Spaces

One of the last remaining wildlife areas in urban San Diego, Rose Canyon is home to bobcats, the threatened California gnatcatcher, and numerous other native species. When the City of San Diego approved construction of a nearly 1600-foot-long road and bridge across the Canyon, conservation groups contended that the project’s EIR failed to adequately consider its devastating environmental impacts and lacked a proper analysis of alternatives. The...

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