Laurence Wiener is an attorney with Richards, Watson & Gershon
and can be reached at LWiener@rwglaw.com.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was conceived in
the 1970s to promote the goal of ensuring that local government
decision-makers understand the environmental impacts of their
decisions. To implement this goal, the Governor’s Office of
Planning and Research developed CEQA implementation guidelines,
which stated that Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) should be
no more than 150 pages and written in plain language that can be
readily understood by decision-makers and the public.