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Californians for Alternatives to Toxics v. California Dep't of Pesticide Regulation

ELR Citation: 36 ELR 20042
Nos. No. C046813, (Cal. App. 3d Dist., 02/15/2006)

The court upholds a lower court decision denying a nonprofit group's petition for writ of mandate and claim for declaratory relief in a case challenging a state pesticide department's decision to renew a number of pesticide registrations for 2002. The department’s procedure of renewing pesticide registrations prior to completing the process of inviting, considering, and responding to public comments regarding the impact of continued registration does not violate the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). And although the trial court erred by dismissing the group's mandamus claims as moot, the department did not abuse its discretion or violate the CEQA by renewing pesticide registrations without reevaluation.