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News Posted on August 11, 2017

Professor Frank Comments on House Water Bill for San Francisco Chronicle, Capital Public Radio

Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank ’74 published an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle on HR23, a bill passed by Republicans in the House of Representatives that Frank says would “reverse the federal government’s century-old deference to state water law, exempt water projects in California from long-standing state laws protecting the environment, and invalidate iconic federal environmental laws applying to those projects.”

Professor Frank also commented on HR23 for Capital Public Radio, stating that “If enacted, I think it would serve as a precedent and encourage other development interests in other states to seek similar carve outs or exemptions from longstanding federal environmental laws.”

The San Francisco Chronicle op-ed closes with Frank’s hope that, as the bill now moves to the Senate, senators will see “HR23 for what it is: a nullification of states’ rights principles that Republicans profess to hold dear, an unwarranted windfall for state agribusiness, and a looming disaster for California’s unequaled environmental resources.”

Frank is a leader in the field of environmental law and the founding Director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at UC Davis School of Law.