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Being an Effective Voice for the Environment

The Environmental Law Section Chair, Antonette Cordero, explained that CEQA is more encompassing than its federal companion NEPA due to its requirement that feasible alternatives must be adopted if there is a showing of significant unmitigated environmental impact for a project.  CEQA is also designed to enhance public participation. You will normally have 30 days to review a project's environmental report under CEQA and 45 days if it is a regional project.  For success in battling an environmentally destructive project under CEQA, you must submit evidence to support your comments.  No evidence will be accepted after the comment period closes.  Evidence can include, for example, facts and fact-related reasonable assumptions, expert opinion, relevant personal observation, and comments from other agencies.