What is CEQA?
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was adopted in 1970 and incorporated in the Public Resources Code §§21000-21177. The basic purposes of CEQA are to:

1. Inform governmental decision makers and the public about the potential significant environmental effects of proposed activities;


2. Identify ways that environmental damage can be avoided or significantly reduced;

3. Require changes in projects through the use of alternatives or mitigation measures when feasible;


4. Disclose to the public the reasons why a project was approved if significant environmental effects are involved;


5. Encourage early coordination among agencies in reviewing projects; and,

6. Provide better opportunity for public participation.

The analysis of a project required by CEQA usually takes the form of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Negative Declaration (ND), or Environmental Assessment (EA).

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1. What is CEQA?
2. What projects are subject to CEQA?
3. Who is exempt from CEQA?
4. What is an EIR, and when is it required?
5. What is a Negative Declaration and when is it required?
6. What is an Initial Study (IS)?
7. What constitutes "significance"?