QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN REVIEWING A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT

  1. What are the projects significant unavoidable impacts?
  2. Do the alternatives addressed in the Draft EIR deal with those impacts?
  3. What significance thresholds are used for each impact category?
  4. Do the significant thresholds reflect adopted local policies and/or criteria established by a regulatory agency?
  5. Does the Draft EIR gauge potential impacts against existing physical conditions?
  6. Does the Draft EIR address all of the environmental topics relevant to proposed project?
  7. Does the technical information provided in the Draft EIR support the document’s findings?
  8. Did the Draft EIR include discussion of environmental issues raised during the scoping phase and in responses to the Notice of Preparation?
  9. Does the Draft EIR adequately define the resources that might be impacted?
  10. 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?
  11. Does the Draft EIR’s statement of project objective allow for a reasonable range of alternatives?