15A NCAC 01C .0206       WHEN TO PREPARE ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS

(a)  DENR agencies shall prepare an environmental assessment in accordance with the NC EPA and the related state rules at 01 NCAC 25 for those activities described in Section .0300 of this Subchapter, and for those activities above the thresholds set in DENR's minimum criteria described in Section .0400 of this Subchapter.

(b)  An environmental assessment is not necessary if a DENR agency has decided to prepare an environmental impact statement, because the scope or complexity of the activity has a clear potential for environmental effects.

(c)  DENR agencies shall insure that the activity that is the subject of the environmental document is properly defined.  Closely connected activities should be reviewed together.  Closely connected activities include:

(1)           activities that automatically trigger other activities that may require environmental impact statements;

(2)           activities that cannot or will not proceed unless other activities occur either previously or simultaneously; and

(3)           activities that are interdependent parts of a larger plan of development and depend on the larger plan of development for justification.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A‑2; 113A‑4; 113A‑6; 143B‑10;

Eff. April 1, 2003.