(a)  If a lead DENR agency requires a non-state entity to submit environmental information for use by the DENR agency in preparing an environmental document for the non-state entity's activity, then the DENR agency shall assist by outlining the types of information requested.  The DENR agency shall independently evaluate the information provided and shall be responsible for its accuracy.

(b)  If a lead DENR agency permits a non-state entity to prepare an environmental document, the lead DENR agency shall furnish guidance and participate in the preparation, and take responsibility for its scope, objectivity, content, and accuracy.

(c)  An environmental document may be prepared by a consultant.

(d)  The Environmental Assessment Guidance Document available through the State Clearinghouse and Rules 01 NCAC 25 .0400 through .1000 offer guidance in preparing environmental documents.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A‑4; 113A‑5; 113A‑6; 113A‑9; 143B‑10;

Eff. April 1, 2003.