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Building to Burn? Permitting Exurban Housing Development in High Fire Hazard Zones

To understand how well CEQA is addressing wildland-urban interface development, we analyzed data on environmental review for housing projects in three large exurban counties and additional cities with substantial wildland-urban interface areas. Our results indicate that CEQA and local land-use regulation may not be adequately addressing wildland-urban interface development in California. However, any policy response must also recognize the dire housing shortage in the state. Balancing the goals of reducing fire risk and increasing housing production suggests that increased housing development in low fire hazard urban infill areas, and a regional-level planning structure to properly plan for fire hazards, may be appropriate policy responses.

Jun 29, 2022
Eric Biber & Moira O’Neill

Climate Liability for Wildfire Emissions from Federal Forests

This Symposium Article focuses on the issue of wildfire emissions from federal forests and the challenges that wildfire emissions, and forests generally, pose for climate policy.

Jun 29, 2022
William Boyd

Historical and Current Insights on Environmental Health and Agricultural Guestworkers

Historically, during times of perceived labor shortages in the U.S. agricultural industry, the federal government has enacted policies to ensure the availability of temporary agricultural guestworkers. The current H-2A Temporary Agricultural Guestworker program has been in place for decades, and its use is expanding rapidly. Yet, policies that guarantee a stream of agricultural workers have

Jun 29, 2022
Joan Flocks and Maria Espinoza

Foreword: A Burning Issue

Is there any escape from the consequences of man’s near-Promethean arrogance with fire? In spring 2021, ELQ and the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment at UC Berkeley School of Law centered this question in a half-day virtual symposium. The event brought academics, students, activists, and regulators into conversation about five burning issues: Federal

Jun 29, 2022
Claudia Polsky