Georgia Environmental Policy Act
The Georgia Environmental Policy Act of 1991 (GEPA) (O.C.G.A. 12-16-1 is similar to Section 106, however, it applies to state agencies rather than federal agencies. Enacted in 1991, GEPA is designed to protect the cultural and natural resources of Georgia that may be impacted by a state government agency’s actions, including funding or grants. Under GEPA, "government agency" means any department, board, bureau, commission, authority or other agency of the state. Actions undertaken by a local government are also included if more than 50% of the total project cost is funded by a state agency or if the project involves state funds of $250,000 or more. GEPA provides for the disclosure of the environmental effects of a proposed project through the preparation of an Environmental Effects Report for projects that the responsible agency determines may significantly impact the quality of the environment, including historic or archaeological resources. HPD's role, when requested by the state agency, is to assist the agency and their applicants in assessing the impacts of projects on historic and archaeological properties listed in or eligible to be listed in the Georgia Register of Historic Places.
Who to contact:
Jennifer Dixon, Environmental Review & Preservation Planning program manager