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California Supreme Court Rules in Delta Tunnel Case

Posted Jul 22, 2016

The California Supreme Court ruled that state water authorities may do environmental and geological testing on private land and do not have to pay for that access as part of a massive tunnel project that will divert water to Central and Southern California.  The decision reversed an opinion by the Third District Court of Appeal that stated that testing would constitute a taking of private property.  Read articles in the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times.


California Plans Fee for Trains Carrying Dangerous Chemicals

Posted Jul 22, 2016

The California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) plans to institute a $45 fee per rail car for trains carrying specified hazardous substances.  The fee would go toward assisting with spill response.  See the California OES Hazmat byRail webpage for the text of the new regulation, other related notices and background information.  According to this article in the Sacramento Bee, railroad companies are arguing that the fee is illegal under federal law, which prohibits states from putting constraints on interstate commerce via rail.


Senate Approves Nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to Serve as Next Librarian of Congress

Posted Jul 13, 2016

The U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress.  Dr. Hayden has long served as the head of Baltimore’s library system and will be the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress.  She is also the first professional librarian to be confirmed in more than 60 years.  Read the transcript or view the nomination hearing of Dr. Hayden. See the press release by the Library of Congress.  Read articles in the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun.