Expert Review

EPA provides expert review of environmental analysis documents, technical studies, public comments and the administrative record. As the environmental review process in California has become increasingly litigious (and a focal point for the direction of many projects), expert review is a common and prudent response to the threat of potential legal challenges. EPA continues to provide expert review for projects throughout California and has an understanding and familiarity with key court cases. EPA evaluates the strengths, weaknesses and legal defensibility of environmental impact documents including EIRs, EISs, MNDs, Initial Studies, public comments, technical studies and related documentation. EPA will review and critique document structure, organization, format and content; provide an assessment of the legal adequacy of all document components including project alternatives, mitigation measures, findings of (non) significance and cumulative impacts; and provide its findings and recommendations in a written report or verbal testimony as needed.




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