September 2012 Archives
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires both local and state agencies in California to identify the substantial effects of their actions on the environment and, if possible, to lessen or altogether avoid those effects. CEQA was passed in 1970, shortly after the federal government implemented the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Environmental contamination has become a problem of serious concern in California and across the nation, due to its dangerous health effects as well as its negative impact on property values. In particular, government agencies that are working to obtain a piece of private property by eminent domain are concerned with soil contamination.
John S. Peterson, founder of the Los Angeles eminent domain law firm Peterson Law Group, P.C., was featured as one of Forbes magazine's Southern California Legal Profiles in November 2011 for his experience, sincere effort, strong business sense, and ultimate success in representing property and business owners regarding issues of eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and landslide litigation, as well as other areas concerning property rights.