(a)  Each DENR agency shall interpret the provisions of the NC EPA as a supplement to its existing authority and as a mandate to view its policies and programs in the light of the NC EPA's comprehensive environmental objectives, except where existing law applicable to the DENR agency's operations expressly prohibits compliance or makes compliance impossible.

(b)  As part of making a decision on a project for which an environmental document has been prepared, the DENR agency decision-maker shall review the document and incorporate it as part of continuing deliberations.  The resulting decision shall be made after weighing all of the impacts and mitigation measures presented in the environmental document, which shall become part of the decision-making record.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A‑2; 113A‑5; 113A‑6; 113A‑10; 143B‑10;

Eff. April 1, 2003.