Certification means that a regulatory program of a state agency7 is exempt from the requirements to prepare an environmental document4 because the environmental analysis in the program is the functional equivalent of CEQA.
Reference: 14 CCR Section 15250
Seventeen programs have been certified by the Secretary for Resources:
- Some activities by Department of Fish and Game
- Some activities by the Air Resources Board/South Coast Air Quality Management District
- Some activities by State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)/RWQCB
Reference: 14 CCR Section 15251
“Functional equivalent document” can be used by responsible agencies in their evaluation of the potentially significant impacts of a project proposal.
Reference: 14 CCR Section 15253