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Last Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:55 PM

Preliminary Environmental Analysis Report (PEAR)

The Preliminary Environmental Analysis Report (PEAR) provides the initial environmental evaluation of a project and alternatives before it is programmed. It anticipates the environmental constraints that may affect project design, alternatives, cost, schedule, and delivery. It estimates the scope, schedule, and costs associated with the subsequent environmental compliance process and it documents the assumptions and risks used to develop those estimates. When a PEAR is required, it becomes an attachment to the Project Initiation Document (PID). The text of a PEAR should be a concise (normally 5 -15 pages) and briefly outline the issues and assumptions.

A PEAR is required for STIP projects programmed with a Project Study Report – Project Development Support (PSR-PDS) PID and for which an Initial Study or Environmental Impact Report will be prepared. A PEAR is optional, but strongly recommended, for STIP projects programmed with a standard Project Study Report (PSR); categorically exempt (CE) STIP projects that require environmental technical studies; and complex SHOPP projects, especially Long Lead SHOPP projects. At its discretion, the Project Development Team may also opt to use a PEAR for CE projects without environmental technical studies or other types of SHOPP projects.

A Mini-PEAR is a tool that can be used to provide the minimal level of environmental scoping that should be undertaken at the PID phase of a project to develop the projectís environmental scope, schedule, and cost in later phases. The addition of the Mini-PEAR as a tool does not change any existing policy regarding when a PEAR must be prepared, and the use of the Mini-PEAR is not required. If the anticipated environmental document is an EIR and/or EIS, the preparation of a standard PEAR is strongly recommended to avoid unanticipated costs and project delays.

 

(Last content update: 12/19/13, JH)