15A NCAC 01C .0405       PURPOSE OF THE MINIMUM CRITERIA THRESHOLDS

(a)  This Section establishes minimum criteria to be used in determining when environmental documents are not required. The minimum criteria, as defined in state rules at 01 NCAC 25, shall be used by the Secretary and DENR agencies to provide sound decision‑making processes by allowing separation of activities with a high potential for environmental effects from those with only a minimum potential.

(b)  The minimum criteria set out in this Section are established to determine when environmental documentation under the NCEPA is not required.  An activity must be at or below each applicable minimum criteria threshold to maintain this status.  As set out in Rule .0306 of Section .0300, the Secretary may require environmental documentation for activities that would otherwise qualify under these minimum criteria thresholds.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A-2; 113A-4; 113A-6; 113A-11; 143B-10;

Eff. April 1, 2003.