CEQA and NEPA
Benchmark Resources’ staff has a long history of projects requiring review under both the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). These statutes require federal, state, and local agencies to analyze and disclose the potential environmental impacts of their decisions, and, in the case of CEQA, to minimize significant adverse environmental effects to the extent feasible.
CEQA is the state’s broadest environmental law. Because projects bring change, and change is often controversial, the environmental review process is typically the most time-consuming and expensive aspect of permitting. Benchmark Resources’ approach to CEQA and NEPA documentation is a balance of common sense, technical accuracy, and legal defensibility. Our high degree of project success is a result of our knowledge of the law and the judicial decisions that apply to the project.