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People v. El Dorado County

ELR Citation: 35 ELR 20161
Nos. No. S116870, (Cal., 08/08/2005)

The court holds that the Director of the California Department of Conservation has standing to file a petition for a writ of mandate challenging a county's approval of reclamation plans and financial assurances for two surface mining operations. The Director's standing to pursue a writ of mandate is essential to protect his—and the public's—interest in adequate financial assurances and reclamation plans under the California Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. Similarly, if the county failed to provide the Director with adequate information under the California Environmental Quality Act, he has an interest in the issuance of a writ of mandate to correct this deficiency.