Save CEQA, don’t gut it

Is California’s oldest environmental law, the one that’s kept our our air and water clean going on 43 years, really the state’s public enemy No. 1?
Rumblings from under the Capitol dome and editorial-board arguments in newspapers statewide would have you believing so. CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, is crushing California’s economy, they insist. It’s even destroying eco-friendly, smart-growth projects!
These critics are calling for changes, including sweeping exemptions to the law, to avoid project-killing lawsuits. The truth, however, is that CEQA works: It prevents environmentally unfriendly and “dumb-growth” development from breaking ground, and it seldom, if ever, stalls good projects… (more)

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