The Legislature further finds and declares it is the policy of the state that:
(a) Comments from the public and public agencies on the environmental effects of a
project shall be made to lead agencies as soon as possible in the review of environmental
documents, including, but not limited to, draft environmental impact reports and negative
declarations, in order to allow the lead agencies to identify, at the earliest possible
time in the environmental review process, potential significant effects of a project,
alternatives, and mitigation measures which would substantially reduce the effects.
(b) Information relevant to the significant effects of a project, alternatives, and
mitigation measures which substantially reduce the effects shall be made available
as soon as possible by lead agencies, other public agencies, and interested persons
(c) Nothing in subdivisions (a) or (b) reduces or otherwise limits public review or
comment periods currently prescribed either by statute or in guidelines prepared and
adopted pursuant to Section 21083 for environmental documents, including, but not limited to, draft environmental impact
reports and negative declarations.
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