Environmental Assessment. 1969: National Environmental Policy Act [PL 91-190, 42 USC 4321 et seq.] 1970: California Environmental Quality Act of (Public Resources Code 21000 et seq.). Adapted from a presentation presented by Denise O‘Connor at Caltrans for CE 190. Contents and Purpose.
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1969: National Environmental Policy Act [PL 91-190, 42 USC 4321 et seq.]
1970: California Environmental Quality Act of (Public Resources Code 21000 et seq.)
Adapted from a presentation presented by
Denise O‘Connor at Caltrans for CE 190
See separate handout for better clarity.
What is a “Project”?
"Project" means an activity which may cause either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment, and which is any of the following:
If project is not exempt, Public Agency informally consults with other agencies to explore possible effects
Prepares Initial Study to:
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Implementation of successive projects of the same type in the same place, over time may lead to cumulative significant impacts.
Loss of Farmland
Loss of Habitat
Final EIR must make a “finding” on each significant environmental effect
Laws guide agency actions
If laws are not violated, decision makers may make environmentally damaging decisions
(CEQA requires mitigation