North Carolina Environmental Impact Statement: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

North Carolina Environmental Policy Act of 1971: General Statutes of North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat.) 113A-1 to 113A-13 and regulations at 1 North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 25.0107 to 25.0901

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DENR rules for conforming with SEPA: 15A NCAC 01C.0101 to 01C.0411


DENR projects: 15A NCAC 01C.0408

Environmental assessment (EA): 1 NCAC 25.0501 to 25.0506

Environmental impact statement (EIS): N.C. Gen. Stat. 113A-1 to 113A-13 and 1 NCAC 25.0601 to 25.0606

Exemptions: N.C. Gen. Stat. 113A-12

Major developments: N.C. Gen. Stat. 113A-8, 1 NCAC 25.0801, and 1 NCAC 25.0802

Regulatory Agencies

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Office of Public Affairs

North Carolina Department of Administration

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. North Carolina has a law similar to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), titled the North Carolina (State) Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), which requires all state agencies and municipal governing bodies to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for all proposed major development projects, regardless of whether on public or private land. In contrast, NEPA requires all major federal actions that will significantly impact the environment to prepare an EIS before project approval. See the national section ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT for more information concerning NEPA.

Meeting the requirements of NEPA meets SEPA requirements. The state regulations specify that any NEPA document be reviewed through the State Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) process.

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