CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT: INNOVATION IN STATE AND LOCAL DECISIONMAKING

This study, which describes the development of California's environmental impact assessment program from the enactment of the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970 (CEQA), concentrates on the public policy and administrative aspects. The lack of clear authority or deadline for insuance of guidelines resulted in the ignoring of the CEQA, until its discovery and enforcement by the California Supereme Court, followed by the amendment of the State Legislature. CEQA's greatest impact has been on private projects permitted by cities and counties. However, some State and local agencies are not fully complying with CEQA and the act's implementation is hampered by the lack of a state agency with authority and resources to enforce it. General recommendations are made which are based on the California experience.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also EPA Report No. EPA-600/5-74-006, "Environmental Impact Requirements in the States: NEPA's Offspring."
  • Corporate Authors:

    Center for California Public Affairs

    Claremont, CA  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Trzyna, T C
    • Jokela, A W
  • Publication Date: 1974-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 125 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00083981
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: EPA-600/5-74-023 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: EPA 68-01-1818
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1975 12:00AM