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Preparing NEPA environmental assessments: a user's guide to by Charles Eccleston, J. Peyton Doub

By Charles Eccleston, J. Peyton Doub

Even if upwards of 50,000 Environmental exams (EA) are ready each year, the focal point of the nationwide Environmental coverage Acts (NEPA) rules is obviously on defining requisites for getting ready environmental influence statements. unusually, before, there was no authoritative and entire advisor on how you can organize Environmental exams (EAs). getting ready NEPA Environmental tests: A Users Read more...

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There were also those who opposed even the limited action-forcing provisions. Senator Jackson was adamant that such a provision be incorporated to ensure that the act not be merely a paper tiger. In respect to an action-forcing mechanism, a compromise was eventually struck in a conference committee that included the following key provision: All agencies of the Federal Government shall ... 102(2)(C) of NEPA). As debate continued, the draft act slowly evolved. ” Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine, successfully negotiated the substitution of “detailed statement,” fearing the statute would be too weakly worded, making it easy for federal agencies to circumvent the act’s intent.

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)—In general, an EIS must be prepared for proposed federal actions that do not qualify for either a CATX or a FONSI. 4 Initiating the NEPA process Care must be exercised in selecting a manager who can exercise good judgment and who possesses experience in preparing NEPA analyses. Inexperienced management or analysts have been one of the principal causes responsible for cost overruns, poor planning, and flawed analysis. In one instance, an NEPA technical support document was prepared for a waste management project at a federal installation operated by the Department of Energy.

That in spite of the growing public recognition of the urgency of many environmental problems and the need to reorder national goals and priorities to deal with these problems, there is still no comprehensive national policy on environmental management. 3 Senator Henry Jackson of Washington State was particularly concerned about issues such as timber-cutting in his home state’s forests and spills from oil tankers entering Puget Sound. Following Jackson’s contentious committee hearing on a Bureau of Reclamation proposal to dam the Colorado River above the Grand Canyon, he recognized that a mechanism was needed to force federal agencies to instill environmental considerations into their decision making process.

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