ECORP Offers AB 52 Training to CEQA Lead Agencies


On September 25, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 52 (AB 52), which amended the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to mandate consultation with California Native American tribes during the CEQA process. Recognizing that California tribes are experts in their tribal cultural resources and heritage, this bill requires that CEQA lead agencies carry out consultation with tribes at the commencement of the CEQA process. This bill also establishes a new category of cultural resources in CEQA called Tribal Cultural Resources, which will be separated from cultural and paleontological resources in an upcoming revision to the CEQA checklist. Under AB 52, a significant effect on a Tribal Cultural Resource is considered a significant impact on the environment under CEQA.

ECORP has developed a short training workshop for Agency personnel on the new requirements of AB 52. This training provides an overview of the requirements of CEQA’s latest amendment and how those requirements fit in with the existing requirements of CEQA, Section 106, and SB 18. The training can be customized to fit your time schedule and a brief overview can be presented in about an hour. A more detailed session would run about two hours. Both of these time estimates allow plenty of time for staff questions.

If you are interested in arranging a training session as part of your program schedule, please contact Anne Surdzial (Southern California) at (909) 307-0046, or Lisa Westwood (Northern California) at (916) 782-9100.