Judge halts California greenhouse gas plan
A California judge put rules on hold implementing the state's greenhouse gas laws including cap and trade rules adopted last year.
Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith tentatively ruled on Friday that the California Air Resources Board violated the state's environmental law in 2008 and again last year.
The board approved adopted rules enforcing the state's emissions law AB32 without doing a full environmental review, he ruled.
The board last year adopted cap and trade rules without adequately considering the alternatives. The rules let businesses buy and sell credits for reducing emissions.
Goldsmith's ruling was a preliminary one and it isn't clear what the state board will need to do to bring their rules into compliance.
The board and those who brought the lawsuit, an alliance of environmental groups led by the San Francisco-based Center on Race, Policy and the Environment, have until Tuesday to respond before the court makes a final ruling.
The plaintiffs were among those who defended AB32 against a ballot measure last year that would have suspended it.
Read more in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.
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