California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
CEQA: The most powerful environmental law in the state.
What would you do if you realized that your children were going to school next to a power generator that spewed exhaust right next to their classrooms, increasing their cancer risk? You could fight it using CEQA, as Ana Sánchez-Camacho did with other parents. They won, as did many of California’s CEQA Everyday Heroes who protect the air we breathe the water we drink, and the natural areas we prize.
What is CEQA?
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is California’s premier environmental law. The CEQA law gives ordinary people the ability to stand up to the powerful and well connected, and has forced special interests to do their fair share to protect California’s natural resources. Learn about CEQA FAQs.
PCL helped to draft CEQA and get it passed. We protect it from attacks, as when we defended the constitutionality of CEQA-streamlining legislation (AB 900). We can train you on how to use it in our CEQA Workshops so you too can participate in decisions that affect your community and environment.
What does CEQA do?
CEQA has helped safeguard the state’s lands, air, waters and communities for more than four decades. It has been instrumental in reviewing countless projects that would have spewed toxins into our air, contaminated our land, and poisoned our drinking water.
Because of CEQA, ordinary Californians have successfully protected our magnificent beaches, prevented congestion and sprawl, and safeguarded the health and well being of their families and their communities. – CEQA Everyday Heroes
CEQA Works Coalition
PFL assembled CEQA Works, a coalition of Californians from all walks of life working together to prevent the California legislature from weakening our state’s landmark environmental protection laws.
CEQA Works goals are to:
- Protect the right of the public to weigh in on community land-use decisions.
- Keep California’s environmental laws strong to prevent air and water pollution and the public health risks they pose.
- Advocate for sensible updates to CEQA that reduce bureaucracy without weakening key environmental safeguards.