Description: Challenge to landfill expansion.
No Wetlands Landfill Expansion v. County of Marin
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 12/12/2014 Opinion Download Opinion issued reversing trial court's granting of petition for writ of mandate. The California Court of Appeal reversed a trial court and ruled that an environmental impact report (EIR) for a proposed landfill expansion was adequate, including the EIR’s consideration of climate change-related impacts. The case concerned the 420-acre Redwood Landfill in Marin County, which accepts most of the county’s solid waste. The appellate court found that the EIR did not improperly defer mitigation of projected sea- level rise. The court said that, given uncertainty regarding the timing and extent of sea- level rise, the measures required by the EIR were “specific enough” to address potential future impacts. The appellate court also concluded that the EIR sufficiently analyzed cumulative greenhouse gas emissions. The court said that the California Environmental Quality Act did not mandate that the EIR analyze all methane-producing landfills or the cumulative impacts of all “related projects” on greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the appellate court found that substantial evidence supported methods used to estimate landfill gas emissions and that the EIR properly offset an increase in greenhouse gas emissions with a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions due to the use of engines fired by landfill gas.