Reviewing Environmental Impact Reports
QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN REVIEWING A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT
- What are the projects significant unavoidable impacts?
- Do the alternatives addressed in the Draft EIR deal with those impacts?
- What significance thresholds are used for each impact category?
- Do the significant thresholds reflect adopted local policies and/or criteria established by a regulatory agency?
- Does the Draft EIR gauge potential impacts against existing physical conditions?
- Does the Draft EIR address all of the environmental topics relevant to proposed project?
- Does the technical information provided in the Draft EIR support the document’s findings?
- Did the Draft EIR include discussion of environmental issues raised during the scoping phase and in responses to the Notice of Preparation?
- Does the Draft EIR adequately define the resources that might be impacted?
- Does the Draft EIR provide a clear line of reasoning in its conclusions related to impacts, their level of significance or non-significance, and the level of mitigation that would be achieved by proposed mitigations measures?
- Does the Draft EIR’s statement of project objective allow for a reasonable range of alternatives?