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AB-2901 California Environmental Quality Act: subsequent or supplemental environmental impact report.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/21/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2901


Introduced by Assembly Member Chau

February 21, 2020


An act to amend Section 21166 of the Public Resources Code, relating to environmental quality.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2901, as introduced, Chau. California Environmental Quality Act: subsequent or supplemental environmental impact report.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of an environmental impact report (EIR) on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA also requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment.
CEQA prohibits a lead agency or a responsible agency from requiring the preparation of a subsequent or supplemental EIR unless one or more of 3 specified events occurs.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to the provision relating to the preparation of a subsequent or supplemental EIR.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 21166 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

21166.
 When an environmental impact report has been prepared for a project pursuant to this division, no a subsequent or supplemental environmental impact report shall not be required by the lead agency or by any a responsible agency, unless one or more of the following events occurs:
(a) Substantial changes are proposed in the project which that will require major revisions of the environmental impact report.
(b) Substantial changes occur with respect to the circumstances under which the project is being undertaken which that will require major revisions in the environmental impact report.
(c) New information, which was not known and could not have been known at the time the environmental impact report was certified as complete, becomes available.