This blog is authored by Steven Taber of California-based law firm Chevalier, Allen & Lichman, LLP. The blog discusses topics important to airport and aviation development, including the National Environment Policy act, air quality law, the clean air act, the Aircraft Noise and Capacity Act and noise abatement.
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The Waxman-Markey Bill (also known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act) hearings ended with a bang, featuring Former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, former Senator John Warner and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The testimony they gave was no surprise, but...
The permanent closure or “deactivation” of an underutilized public use airport has gained increasing traction among revenue starved airport sponsors, as well as disparate responses from affected parties. Operators seek to save the drain on diminishing budgets; residential...
EPA Issues "Amendment" to Definition of Condensable Particulate Matter as Regulated New Source Review Pollutant
On Thursday, March 16, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) took the almost unprecedented step of publishing in the Federal Register a correction to its prior definition of “regulated new source review pollutant” (“Rule”) contained in two sets of...
Tinicum Township, Pennsylvania's Challenge to the Philadelphia International Airport Expansion Project Goes to Court
On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, Tinicum Township, Pennsylvania and its partners County of Delaware, Pennsylvania; Thomas J. Giancristoforo; and David McCann (“Petitioners”) took their grievances with the ongoing expansion project at Philadelphia International Airport (“PHL”) to...
Exemption of NextGen procedures from environmental review is not the only issue raised by the FAA Reauthorization legislation set to be approved by the United States Senate on Monday, February 6 at 5:30 p.m. EST. Section 505 of the Conference Version of the Bill allows a public entity taking...
There May Still Be Time to Weigh in on the Congressional Action to Exempt the NextGen Technologies from NEPA Review
As we reported yesterday in our blog titled “FAA Reauthorization Act Exempts Next Generation Airspace Redesign Projects from Environmental Review,” Congress is set to act on the conference version of H.R. 658 (“Act”), a Bill the nominal purpose of which is to fund the...
FAA Reauthorization Act Exempts Next Generation Airspace Redesign Projects from Environmental Review
In a monument to political deal making, the United States Congress is today considering, in the House and Senate Aviation Committees, the "FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012," H.R. 658 ("Act") to, among other things, "authorize appropriations to the Federal Aviation...
As a valued friend, we want to share with you the exciting news that, on Monday, January 30, 2012, we will be joining the law firm of Buchalter Nemer, a premier land use, real estate and environmental law firm with offices throughout the Southwest. Buchalter’s expertise in areas of law such...
Following in the footsteps of his colleagues, on January 6, 2012, Assemblyman Mike Feuer introduced legislation that would give rail projects the same type of relief from California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) requirements that were received in the last session by the proposed...
As far back as 1946 when the California Legislature first passed legislation enabling the establishment of redevelopment agencies, the concept of restoring aging urban neighborhoods has played a key role in the character and identity of California cities. This role, which was enhanced by government...