Here is an example of a state law (California) that defines the term negative statement: Under cal Pub Resources Code § 21064, „negative statement” means a written statement that briefly describes the reasons why a proposed project will not have a material impact on the environment and does not require the preparation of an environmental impact report. The negative statement is a document created after a detailed study of the development or project and indicates that the planned development or project will not have a significant negative impact on the environment. A negative statement is recognized by a local government. If the government agency makes a negative statement, the proponent does not need to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). .