Actions Taken with California Environmental Quality Act Suspensions
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires environmental review when State agencies take certain actions. The environmental review is to identify impacts that a project may have on the environment and identify, if necessary, mitigation measures to reduce the impacts.
On January 17, 2014, Governor Brown signed a proclamation declaring a drought State of Emergency in California. As authorized by Government Code section 8571, the Governor’s Proclamation suspended CEQA and the regulations adopted pursuant to it, to the extent that CEQA otherwise would have applied to actions necessary to mitigate the effects of the drought. On April 25, 2014, Governor Brown issued a Proclamation of a Continued State of Emergency to redouble State drought actions, which continued to suspend environmental review under CEQA to allow actions called for in the proclamation to occur expeditiously. The proclamation requires entities implementing its directives to maintain on their websites a list of activities or approvals for which CEQA provisions are suspended. On November 13, 2015, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-36-15, which extended the waiver of CEQA contained in the January 17, 2014 and April 25, 2014 Proclamations until the drought state of emergency is terminated. The following is a list of activities or approvals the Commission has taken where the applicable provisions are suspended:
- Emergency Authorization to Bureau of Reclamation, January 22, 2016