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Lessons in State Implementation of Marine Reserves: California's Marine Life Protection Act Initiative

Editors' Summary: The oceans are one of earth's most valuable natural resources, yet they continue to be threatened by pollution, overfishing, habitat destruction, and coastal sprawl. Marine reserves, discrete areas of the ocean where...

Conservation Planning in Orange County, California: Linking Ecosystem Protection to Open Space Preservation

Editor's Summary: In an era of rapid population growth and urban expansion, efforts to protect ecosystems and the wildlife they support often generate controversy. According to Adrianna Kripke, the experience of California's Orange...

The Continued Success of Proposition 65 in Reducing Toxic Exposures

Editor's Summary: California's Proposition 65 is by now a well-known regulatory tool for warning consumers about the potentially toxic components of products they consume or to which they are exposed. Rechtschaffen and Williams argue...

Where Do We Fit In? U.S. Information Disclosure and Hazardous Waste Remediation Laws as Compared With the Policy Suggestions of the U.N. Environment Program

In May 2002, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) issued its long-awaited, authoritative report, Global Environmental Outlook 3 (GEO-3).1 This 446-page document, which reflects the work of more...

Of Nominal Value: The Impact of Tahoe-Sierra on Lucas and the Fundamental Right to Use Private Property

In the 1992 case of Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council,1 the U.S. Supreme Court held that "when the owner of real property has been called upon to sacrifice all economically beneficial uses in the...

RECLAIM: Southern California's Failed Experiment With Air Pollution Trading

The bottom line is that capitalism may now be getting its ultimate test. For the smog market, more than any other system, will reveal whether financial incentives can prod major corporations into simultaneously acting for the public...

A Turning of the Tide: The Tahoe Regulatory Takings Decision

On April 23, 2002, in Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council, Inc. v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency,1 the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a regulatory taking claim based on a nearly three-year moratorium on...

Defining Power: Electrons and the Law

The Tunnel Before the Light

There is a long way to go through the tunnel of judicial review and/or administrative proceedings before California reaches the light. The cornerstone of the state's response to the electricity...

Electricity, Contract Rules, and the Environment: Welcome to the Hotel California

One of the major news stories of this year is the implosion of California's electric power restructuring. The most capital-intensive industry in the United States, in the largest state in the Union, which itself is one of the largest...

How to Reduce Lead Exposures With One Simple Statute: The Experience of Proposition 65

Editors' Summary: Human exposure to lead is one of the most serious environmental health threats today. Lead causes a variety of adverse health effects and is particularly harmful to children. Unfortunately, the current regulation...