Coalition forms to defend Calif. environmental law

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of environmental and labor groups is announcing opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s effort to overhaul California’s landmark environmental law.

The group, calling itself Common Ground, held a news conference Tuesday and defended the California Environmental Quality Act as serving a vital role in protecting the state’s air and water over its four-decade history.

It also issued a report to emphasize its message. The report noted the state’s record in building alternative-energy projects and maintaining construction jobs as evidence that the law is working.

Defense of the law comes as Brown and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders are negotiating changes to the law after an attempt failed last year.

A separate coalition of business, labor and government organizations supports changes to the law that would make it easier to build.

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