The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) require disclosure to decision-makers and the public of potential significant adverse environmental effects of proposed projects and activities, as well as how those effects can be avoided or reduced.  

CEQA and NEPA documents  both evaluate potential impacts that a proposed project might have on people or the environment and addresses issues such as, air quality, health risk, noise, visual disruption, and construction impacts, among others.

Environmental evaluation under NEPA is required for projects that are carried out by a federal agency, require federal permits, entitlements, or authorizations, require federal funding, or will occur on federal land or Native American Reservations.


Environmental evaluation under CEQA is required for projects carried out by a California or local public agency, projects financed in whole or in part by a California or local governmental agency, or private projects which require approval from a California or local governmental agency.  

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