Environmental Process


Environmental Process

Both the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) require evaluation of major projects for their impacts on the environment. CEQA is the California law that requires State and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. For this project, CEQA requires the completion of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). An EIR informs public agency decision–makers and the public of the significant environmental impacts of the proposed project and its alternatives. Currently the proposed project is going through the CEQA process.

NEPA spells out the federal requirements for a similar environmental assessment and review. BART will initiate the NEPA process after completion of the CEQA process.

BART and the City of Livermore will coordinate the environmental process for the proposed project with the development and public engagement process for the City of Livermore’s Isabel Neighborhood Plan.

Wine Country Landscape

Photo Credit, Keith Cuddeback, flickr, 2011.


BART and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

CEQA requires that one agency be designated as the Lead Agency for the environmental review process. For the BART to Livermore Extension Project, BART is the Lead Agency and the City of Livermore is a Responsible Agency. In accordance with the CEQA guidelines, a Draft EIR will be prepared to evaluate the proposed project and the four alternatives.  Click here to see the draft schedule of the EIR

The Draft EIR will evaluate the project’s potential environmental impacts and identify ways to reduce those impacts to less-than-significant levels. Typically, project impacts are reduced or eliminated through the implementation of mitigation measures or avoided through the selection of alternatives to the proposed project.

Upon completion of the Draft EIR there will be a 45-day public review period, which will include a public hearing. After public review and comment, BART will prepare the Final EIR. The Final EIR will contain all the comments received on the Draft EIR and a written response to each substantive comment. The BART Board of Directors will consider the Final EIR and the alternatives evaluated. Based on the Final EIR and public comment, the Board may then adopt one of the alternatives.

 

BART to Livermore EIRs

Draft Project EIR

Check back here for documents related to the DEIR. The Draft EIR is scheduled for completion in early 2017.

Program EIR Completed 2010

 

Enviormental Wetlands Crane in waterPhoto Credit, John C. Bruckman, flickr, 2015.


 

NEPA

BART anticipates that a BART extension would require review under NEPA. A NEPA review would be required due to the proposed project’s modification of a interstate freeway (I-580), and because in all likelihood federal funds would be necessary for the project. A NEPA review of the BART extension would take place after the CEQA review is complete and the BART Board has adopted a project.