As a business, you need to do everything you can to protect your interests. While this includes hiring top talent, engaging in effective marketing, and negotiating favorable contracts, it also means addressing environmental issues. In California, the environmental impact of your business or any proposed business operations can have a profound impact on your ability to conduct your business. One reason is because of the Environmental Impact Report that is often required under the California Environmental Quality Act.
What is the Environmental Impact Report?
Under California law, some businesses whose projects will have an environmental impact are required to notify the relevant local and state agencies in order for a formal process to be undertaken to determine the extent of the potential environmental impact. As part of the Environmental Impact Report, a business has to identify any mitigation measures that can be undertaken as well as any alternatives to the project that may have a better environmental outcome.
The Environment Impact Report is detailed and thorough. In fact, it assesses a number of areas of potential impact, including aesthetics, agricultural resources, air quality, cultural resources, energy, biological resources, greenhouse emissions, noise, transportation, recreation, land use, hazardous materials, wildfire risk, and water quality. This information is made public where comments are allowed on it prior to the local or state agency in charge of the study decides whether to approve or deny the project.
Don’t let environmental issues derail your business’s goals
In California, perhaps more so than in any other state, environmental concerns can quickly affect your business operations at a staggering level. If you want to avoid that outcome, then you need someone on your side who understands the issues and how to use the law to successfully navigate them. Fortunately, law firms like ours stand ready to help.