Tag: Environmental

Water company withdraws desalination proposal as battle over environmental justice heats up

A proposed desalination project would be located on the coast of Marina, where a sand mine has operated for decades. <span class="copyright">(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)</span>
A proposed desalination project would be located on the coast of Marina, where a sand mine has operated for decades. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Amid mounting controversy and concerns over environmental justice, California American Water on Wednesday withdrew its application for a desalination project in the small Monterey Bay town of Marina.

The proposal had become one of the most fraught issues to come before the California Coastal Commission, which was set to vote Thursday. The decision would have been the first major test of the commission’s new power to review not only harm to the environment when making decisions but also harm to underrepresented communities.

At stake was the contentious future of water on the Monterey Peninsula as well as the role government should play in addressing issues of environmental inequity.

Water demand projections, local groundwater impacts and other water supply concerns have been hotly disputed across

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St. Peter’s to exit environmental laboratory business

ALBANY — St. Peter’s Health Partners is exiting the environmental testing business with the closing of the Bender Laboratory, which the hospital group has operated for decades. A St. Peter’s spokesman said talks are under way to sell the business, which he said was profitable.

The seven full-time employees at Bender can apply for other open positions at St. Peter’s or seek to transition to new owners if a buyer is found. Or they can leave St. Peter’s through what spokesman Bob Webster said was its enhanced severance program.

Bender Laboratory provided a range of water testing services, often required by mortgage bankers before they would approve a loan for homes that depended on wells for their water supply.

The laboratory specializes in household water testing, but also provides testing services to schools, municipalities, small businesses, well-drilling companies and mobile home parks.

Webster said St. Peter’s decided to exit the

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GREENBERG TRAURIG LLP: Greenberg Traurig’s Christopher L. Bell & John Voorhees Author Book on International Environmental Risk Management

Greenberg Traurig LLP issued the following announcement on Sept. 1.

Shareholders Christopher L. Bell and John Voorhees of the global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, co-authored International Environmental Risk Management: A Systems Approach published by CRC Press.

International Environmental Risk Management: A Systems Approach provides a broad analysis of practical methods to systematically identify, evaluate, and successfully manage environmental risks and opportunities, using environmental management and compliance systems (including those based on ISO 14001 and U.S. guidance on effective compliance systems). It describes a framework that supports and enables compliance, sustainability, social responsibility, and Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) that can be integrated into widely used business management and operating systems (ranging from Operational Excellence to Enterprise Risk Management). The book was co-authored with Robert A. Woellner of Quest Environmental.

Bell, a shareholder in the firm’s Houston office, represents clients in civil and criminal enforcement and investigations, litigation, and compliance counseling,

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