Handbook of Environmental Engineering Assessment Strategy, Planning, and Management

ISBN-10: 0123884446

ISBN-13: 9780123884442

Edition: 2012

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Description: This is one of the most comprehensive books on complex subjects of environmental engineering assessment and planning. Addressing these issues requires an understanding of technical, economic, and policy perspectives; based upon extensive research and practical experience of the authors, these perspectives are thoughtfully and clearly presented.Covered in this book are subjects related to environmental engineering and planning which include environmental laws and regulations, international perspectives on environmental analysis engineering and planning, economic and social impact analysis, public participation, and energy and environmental implications of major public works and private projects. Contemporary issues ranging from climate change to ecorisk and sustainability are covered in a special section as well.Under Contemporary Challenges are environmental issues that have received considerable public support and concern; they include: climate change, acid rain, deforestation, endangered species, biodiversity, ecorisk, cultural resources, and sustainability. For most of these issues, there are scientific agreements and disagreements; there are many uncertainties, thus views differ widely. These topics are discussed in considerable detail. Notwithstanding uncertainties and differing views on such topics, all of this information is put in a policy context such that progress towards addressing these contemporary challenges can be made while consensus on the nature and extent of the problem and resultant solutions are being developed.The book provides considerable information about many timeless issues. These issues range from resources needed for sustaining the quality of life on the planet: air resources to natural resources. Specifically covered are: air, water, land, ecology, sound/noise, human aspects, economics, and resources. For each of these areas, some of the key elements are described so that one can effectively manage complex environmental engineering and planning requirements. Each of the elements are clearly defined and other information, such as how human activities affect the element, source of affects, variable to be measured, how such variables can be measured, data sources, and evaluation and interpretation of data, etc. are provided. Material presented provides a rich source of information so the reader can efficiently and effectively use it to make meaningful environmental engineering, planning, and management decisions.Help with every aspect of analyzing the environmental implications of a project.Complete coverage of current approaches, practices, procedures, documentations, regulations, and issues related to environmental engineering and planning.Step-by-step directions for preparing environmental impact analysis, and environmental reports.Valuable expert advice on international perspectives, public participation, social and environmental impacts.A comprehensive write-up on contemporary issues ranging from climate change to sustainability.A comprehensive description and analysis of timeless issues ranging from air resources to natural resources.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 5/9/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 784
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.376
Language: English

Preface
About the Authors
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Environmental Assessment in Engineering and Planning
What Is Environmental Assessment?
Engineering and Planning Issues
Why Environmental Assessment Is Needed
Who Prepares Environmental Assessment and Planning Documents?
Integrating Art, Science, Strategy, and Management Issues
Discussion and Study Questions
Environmental Laws and Regulations
Rationale for Environmental Legislation and Regulations
Shortcomings of Environmental Legislation and Regulations
Legislative Data Systems
Overview of Federal Environmental Legislation
Trends in Environmental Legislation and Regulations
Discussion and Study Questions
National Environmental Policy Act
Elements of NEPA
Judicial Review
Effects of NEPA
Implementation of NEPA
Council on Environmental Quality
Executive Orders and Agency Response
State Environmental Policy Acts
NEPA and Agency Planning
Discussion and Study Questions
Environmental Documents and CEQ Regulations
Function and Purpose of the NEPA Assessment Process
NEPA Regulations
Environmental Documents
Application of Environmental Documentation Process
EIS Format and Content
Preparing and Processing the EA or EIS
Timing of Agency Action
Tiering
Mitigation
General Considerations in EIS Preparation
Case Studies
Discussion and Study Questions
Elements of Environmental Assessment and Planning
Agency Activities
Environmental Attributes
Determining Environmental Impact
Reporting Findings
Using Information Technology to Aid in the NEPA Process
Discussion and Study Questions
Environmental Assessment Methodologies
Choosing a Methodology
Categorizing Methodologies
Review Criteria
Methodology Descriptions
Methodology Review
Future Directions
Discussion and Study Questions
Generalized Approach for Environmental Assessment
Agency Activities
Environmental Attributes
Institutional Constraints
Environmental Setting
System
Output
Rationale for a Computer-Based System
Discussion and Study Questions
Procedure for Reviewing Environmental Impact Statements
Types of EIS Review
General Considerations in EIS Review
EIS Review Procedures
Approaches to Systematic EIS Review
Review Comments
Summary
Discussion and Study Questions
International Perspectives on Environmental Assessment, Engineering, and Planning
International Implications of NEPA
Future NEPA Trends
Environmental Impact Assessment in Other Countries
EIA in Selected Countries
Limitations to EIA Effectiveness in Developing Countries
EIA in Asia and the Pacific
EIA in Latin America
EIA in Canada
EIA in Europe
EIA in India
International Aid Organizations
Discussion and Study Questions
Economic and Social Impact Analysis
Socioeconomic Assessment within NEPA
Economic Impact Analysis
Economic Models
Future Direction for Economic Impact Analysis
Social Impact Assessment
Social Impact Analysis Methods
Assembling the Socioeconomic Impact Assessment
Problem Areas
Environmental Justice
Conclusions
Discussion and Study Questions
Public Participation
Beginnings
Early American Experiences in Public Participation
Alternative Terminology
Public Involvement Requirements within NEPA
What Is the Public?
What Is Participation?
Contemporary Experience in Public Participation
Getting Input from the Public
Commenting on the Draft EIS-A Special Case of Public Participation
Case Studies
Application of Public Input
Participation in Developing Regulations
An Effective Public Participation Program
Benefits of an Effective Public Participation Program
Response to Public Participation Format Variations
Public Participation and the Digital Revolution
Internet Capability to Support Public Participation
Discussion and Study Questions
Energy and Environmental Implications
Energy as a Resource
Fuel Alternatives and Development of Supplies-Environmental Considerations
Energy Costs of Pollution Control
Energy Aspects of Recycling Materials
Discussion and Study Questions
Contemporary Issues in Environmental Assessment
Climate Change
Acid Rain
Deforestation
Endangered Species and NEPA
Biodiversity
Cultural Resources
Ecorisk
Cumulative Impacts
Indirect Impacts
How Are These Contemporary issues Different?
Discussion and Study Questions
National Environmental Policy Act
The National Environmental Policy Art of 1969, as Amended
Purpose
Title I
Title II
The Environmental Quality Improvement Art, as Amended
Attribute Descriptor Package
Air
Further Reading
Water
Land
Ecology
Sound
Human Aspects
Economics
Resources
A Step-by-Step Procedure for Preparing Environmental Assessments and Statements
Define the Action
Develop Alternatives
Identify Relevant Project Activities
Examine Attributes Likely to Be Affected
Solicit Public Concerns
Re-evaluate Identification of Activities and Attributes
Evaluate Imparts Using Descriptor Package and Worksheets
Summarize Impacts
Review Other Alternatives
Analyze Findings
Prepare Assessment Document
Review and Process Document
Regulations for Implementing Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act
Part 1500-Purpose, Policy, and Mandate
Part 1501-NEPA and Agency Planning
Part 1502-Environmental Impart Statement
Part 1503-Commenting
Part 1504-Predecision Referrals to the Council of Proposed Federal Actions Determined to be Environmentally Unsatisfactory
Part 1505-NEPA and Agency Decision Making
Part 1506-Other Requirements of NEPA
Part 1507-Agency Compliance
Part 1508-Terminology and Index
References
Index
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