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Chapter 3. Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act Article 3. Authorities Granted to Public Agencies by CEQA Authority to Disapprove Projects.   

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A public agency may disapprove a project if necessary in order to avoid one or more significant effects on the environment that would occur if the project were approved as proposed. A lead agency has broader authority to disapprove a project than does a responsible agency. A responsible agency may refuse to approve a project in order to avoid direct or indirect environmental effects of that part of the project which the responsible agency would be called on to carry out or approve. For example, an air quality management district acting as a responsible agency would not have authority to disapprove a project for water pollution effects that were unrelated to the air quality aspects of the project regulated by the district.

Authority cited:

Public Resources Code 21083


Public Resources Code 21002

Public Resources Code 21002.1

Friends of Mammoth v. Mono County, 8 Cal. App. 3d 247

San Diego Trust and Savings Bank v. Friends of Gill, 121 Cal. App. 3d 203.

(Amended by Register 2005, No. 40.)