Impacts and MitigationsThe EIR has 36 pages of impacts and their mitigations presented in a table. While the rest of the document provides more detail, this table succinctly discusses each main consideration. The discussion covers sixteen areas:
- Air quality
- Biological resources
- Cultural resources
- Geology and soils
- Greenhouse gases *
- Hazards and hazardous materials
- Hydrology and water quality
- Land use and planning
- Energy and mineral resources *
- Population and housing *
- Public services
- Traffic and transportation
- Utilities and service systems *
* No "potentially significant" impacts found.
What is an Environmental Impact?The study has five levels of environmental impacts.
- Significant and unavoidable
Those impacts that may create a significant adverse change in the environment.
- Potentially significant
Those impacts that may create a significant adverse change in the environment, but whose changes can be managed by certain mitigation measures.
- Less than significant
Those impacts that can be reduced to an acceptable or insignificant level through mitigation measures.
- No impact
Those conditions that do not impact the environment.
- Area of controversy
I cop to not certainly understanding what the study means by the definition: "There are no known areas of controversy in the project’s physical characteristics that are not resolved by project design, development management and operation, mitigation measures or standard on-going monitoring." I believe the intent is to say that the project's designers have considered all possible controversy and incorporated responses as the design developed.