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The California Environmental Quality Act and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. SB97 and the Proposed Amendments to the State CEQA Guidelines on Analyzing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in CEQA Documents . Policy Background. AB32 and CEQA Comment Letters SB97

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the california environmental quality act and greenhouse gas emissions

The California Environmental Quality Act and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

SB97 and the Proposed Amendments to the State CEQA Guidelines on Analyzing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in CEQA Documents

policy background
Policy Background
  • AB32 and CEQA Comment Letters
  • SB97
    • Analysis of the effects of greenhouse gas emissions
    • Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions

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policy background1
Policy Background
  • Policy Drivers
    • Traditional CEQA Rules Apply
    • Lead Agency Retains Traditional Discretion
    • GHG Emissions are a Cumulative Problem
    • GHG Emissions Should be Addressed at a Programmatic Level

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determining significance
Determining Significance
  • Quantitative, Qualitative, or Both
    • Careful judgment, good faith effort
    • Based on scientific and factual data
    • “in the context of a particular project”
  • Increase or Decrease Emissions?
  • Any Applicable Threshold?
  • Consistent with an Applicable Plan?

New § 15064.4

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mitigation
Mitigation
  • Traditional Rules Still Apply
    • Feasible, based on substantial evidence, capable of monitoring
  • Measures identified in a plan or program
  • Project Design Features
  • Off-site measures, offsets not otherwise required
  • Sequestration
  • Development of Measures to be Implemented on a Project-Specific Basis

New § 15126.4

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use of plans
Use of Plans
  • Cumulative Impacts Analysis
    • Plans or regulations that address the cumulative effect (§ 15064(h)(3))
    • Summary of Projections (§ 15130(d))
  • Existing Setting (§ 15125)
  • Incorporation by Reference (§ 15150)

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tiering and streamlining
Tiering and Streamlining
  • Use Information in an Existing Document
    • Tiering (§ 15152, PRC § 21093, 21094)
    • Program EIRs (§ 15168)
  • Don’t Need to Repeat Analysis
    • GP (§ 15183, PRC § 21083.3)
    • Specific Plan (§ 15182, Gov. Gode, § 65457)
  • Don’t Need to Do Analysis
    • Transit Priority Projects (PRC § 21155.2)
    • Mixed Use Projects (PRC § 21159.28)

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plan for the reduction of ghgs new 15183 5 b
Plan for the Reduction of GHGsNew § 15183.5(b)

Plan “should” contain at least the following elements:

  • Quantify GHG emissions within a defined area
  • Establish a level where GHG emissions are not cumulatively considerable
  • Identify emissions from Plan activities
  • Specify measures to achieve the specified emissions level
  • Monitor progress and amend if necessary;
  • Adopt in a public process following environmental review

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adaptation
Adaptation?
  • Revised Section 15126.2(a):
    • Similarly, the EIR should evaluate the impacts of locating development in other areas susceptible to hazardous conditions (e.g., floodplains, coastlines, wildfire risk areas) as identified in authoritative hazard maps, risk assessments or in land use plans addressing such hazards areas.
  • Subject to limitations on forecasting, speculation

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amendments to the appendices
Amendments to the Appendices
  • Appendix F
    • “Shall” analyze energy impacts
    • “Lifecycle” references removed
  • Appendix G
    • Forestry Resources
    • GHG
    • Traffic/Transportation

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next steps
Next Steps
  • Effective Date: March 18, 2010
  • State CEQA Guidelines § 15007
    • Documents already out for public review need not be revised
    • Agencies must update their own implementation procedures

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references
References

California Climate Change Center

http://climatechange.ca.gov/index.php

Cool California

http://www.coolcalifornia.org/

CAPCOA Model Policies

http://www.capcoa.org/modelpolicies/document

ICLEI Local Governments

http://www.icleiusa.org/programs/tools

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contacts and additional information
Contacts and Additional Information
  • Kirk Miller, Deputy Secretary and Chief Counsel

kirk.miller@resources.ca.gov

  • Heather Baugh, Assistant General Counsel

heather.baugh@resources.ca.gov

  • Ian Peterson, Assistant Planner

ian.peterson@resources.ca.gov

  • Christopher Calfee, Best Best & Krieger LLP

Christopher.Calfee@bbklaw.com

http://ceres.ca.gov/ceqa/guidelines/

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