Expedited GHG project legislation

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 26, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Assemblymember V. Manual Perez (D-Cathedral Hill) has introduced AB 1846, Expedited Environmental Review: Climate Change Regulations.  This bill would authorize the use of a focused environmental impact report (EIR) to satisfy requirements under California’s Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for a project that reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in compliance with a rule or regulation adopted under the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). Currently focused EIRs can only be used for projects that only install pollution control equipment required by a state agency.

The environmental analysis would still have to include reasonably foreseeable:

  1. Environmental impacts of the methods of compliance;
  2. Feasible mitigation measures;
  3. Alternative means of compliance with the rule or regulation; and
  4. GHG emission impacts of the methods of compliance

In addition, a focused EIR can be used as long as the agency certified an EIR in conjunction with a certified regulatory program and the review included an assessment of growth-inducing, cumulative impacts and alternatives to the project. This environmental review must be completed within five years of the certification of the focused EIR.

The intent of this legislation is to speed up construction of projects which will reduce greenhouse gases.

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