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California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

CEQA was adopted in 1970 and intended to:

  • inform governmental decision-makers and the public about potential environmental effects of a project;

  • identify ways to reduce adverse impacts;

  • offer alternatives to the project; and

  • disclose to the public why a project was approved.

CEQA applies to projects undertaken, funded or requiring an issuance of a permit by a public agency.   The AQMD has two basic roles under CEQA:

  1. Lead Agency; responsible for preparing environmental analysis in the form of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Negative Declaration (ND), or Environmental Assessment (EA).  For information regarding these document types, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

  2. Commenting Agency Responsibilities; review and comment on air quality analysis prepared by other public agencies.

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