Announcement: Public Review for Draft Handbook – NEPA and CEQA: Integrating State and Federal Environmental Reviews

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) are pleased to solicit your input on the public review draft of “NEPA and CEQA: Integrating State and Federal Environmental Reviews.” This handbook   serves to improve efficiency, transparency and coordination in the joint environmental review process, in order for Federal and State agencies to continue to pursue shared goals and to meet the requirements of both statutes. This draft handbook identifies key similarities and differences between the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and provides suggestions to assist agencies, project applicants, and members of the public in identifying early on the potential coordination challenges that may arise during the environmental review process and in enhancing effective participation in review. Developing a common understanding of the NEPA and CEQA review processes and their differences at the beginning of a joint review process will assist agencies in avoiding delay. The draft handbook also provides a framework for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between two or more agencies entering into a joint NEPA/ CEQA review process. Finally, the handbook summarizes and compares NEPA with the California Energy Commission’s licensing process. Click here   to view the draft handbook. Comments on the draft may be submitted by clicking here  . OPR and CEQ will receive, review, and appropriately revise the draft to address comments before finalizing the handbook. To facilitate this process, please submit your comments by April 19, 2013.