California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

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The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) generally requires state and local government agencies, including the Commission, to inform decision-makers and the public about the potentially significant environmental effects of a proposed project, ways to minimize those effects, and to indicate alternatives to the project. If a project subject to CEQA will not result in potentially significant adverse effects to the environment, the Commission may adopt a document known as a Negative Declaration or a Mitigated Negative Declaration. If the project may cause adverse environmental effects, the Commission will prepare a more detailed informational document called an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). An EIR contains information on potential effects, measures to mitigate those effects, and an analysis of alternatives to the project. A key feature of the CEQA review process is the opportunity for the public to provide input on Negative Declarations, Mitigated Negative Declarations, and EIRs.

New/Current CEQA Documents

Statewide (sovereign lands)

Inland Lakes and Rivers; Central Valley (sovereign lands)

Older projects

  • PG&E Line 108 Natural Gas Pipeline – Final EIR (3/08)

Coastal Marin County north (sovereign lands)

Older projects

San Francisco Bay / Delta (sovereign lands)

Older projects

  • Coscol Petroleum Corporation Marine Terminal Deconstruction and Pipeline Abandonment – MND (5/09)
  • Chevron Richmond Long Wharf Marine Terminal – Final EIR (3/07)
  • PG&E Line 57C Pipeline Reliability Project – MND (4/06)
  • Shore Terminals, LLC, Marine Oil Terminal Lease Renewal (Plains Martinez) – Final EIR (4/05)
  • SFPP Concord to Sacramento Petroleum Products Pipeline – Final EIR (10/03)
  • Rio Vista Natural Gas Pipeline Project – MND (8/02)

Coastal San Mateo County south to San Luis Obispo County (sovereign lands)

Older projects

  • PG & E Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project – Final EIR (8/12)
  • Monterey Accelerated Research System Cabled Observatory Project – Final EIR/EIS (8/05)

Coastal Santa Barbara County south (sovereign lands)

Older projects

  • Venoco Platform Holly Power Cable Replacement Project – MND (11/12)
  • Chevron El Segundo Marine Terminal Lease Renewal – Final EIR (11/10)
  • Venoco Ellwood Marine (EMT) Lease Renewal – Final EIR (4/09)
  • AT&T Asia America Gateway Project (AAG) – Final EIR (2/09)
  • BHP Billiton Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port – Final EIR (3/07)
  • ExxonMobil Seacliff Pier Complex Decommissioning Program – ND (7/05)
  • Revised PRC 421 Pier Removal Project (Bird Island) – Final EIR (5/04)
  • Line 1228 Relocation Project (Bolsa Chica) – MND (4/04)
  • Mandalay Marine Terminal Decommissioning Program Amendment to the Approved Execution Plan – MND (2/04)
  • Bolsa Chica Lowlands Restoration Project – Final EIR (4/01)

School Lands

Older projects

  • AT&T Fiber Optic Cable Replacement Project, Victorville, CA – MND (8/08)
  • North Baja Pipeline Expansion Project – Final EIR (6/07)
  • El Paso Line 1903 Pipeline Conversion Project – Final EIR/EA (4/05)
  • Kern River 2003 Expansion Project – Final EIR/EIS (6/02)

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APTR = Analysis of Impacts to Public Trust Resources and Values
CEQA = California Environmental Quality Act
EA = Environmental Assessment
EIR = Environmental Impact Report
EIS = Environmental Impact Statement
FONSI = Finding of No Significant Impact
IS = Initial Study
MND = Mitigated Negative Declaration
ND = Negative Declaration
NEPA = National Environmental Policy Act
NOI = Notice of Intent
NOP = Notice of Preparation



Electronic copies of CEQA documents before 2010 may be requested from:

Nicole Dobroski, Chief
Environmental Science, Planning, and Management Division