Effective Environmental Assessments How to Manage and Prepare Nepa Eas

ISBN-10: 1566705592
ISBN-13: 9781566705592
Edition: 2001
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Book details

List price: $132.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: CRC Press LLC
Publication date: 1/15/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 488
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

An Overview of NEPA
NEPA's Purpose
Title I-Declaration of a National Environmental Policy Act
Complying to the Fullest Extent Possible
Overview of the NEPA Compliance Process
When Must NEPA Begin?
When Must NEPA Be Completed?
Three Levels of NEPA Compliance
Initiating the NEPA Process
The Environmental Assessment
The Environmental Impact Statement
General Concepts and Requirements
NEPA is a Planning and Decisionmaking Process
Reasonable Alternatives
Interim Actions
Eligibility for Interim Action Status
Integrating NEPA with Other Requirements
Integrating Environmental Design Arts
Conducting an Early and Open Process
Public Involvement
Public Notice
Scoping
Systematic and Interdisciplinary Planning
Systematic
Interdisciplinary
Writing Documents in Plain English
Incorporation by Reference
Adopting Another Agency's EA
Department of Energy's Adoption Process
Methodology
A Rigorous, Accurate, and Scientific Analysis
A Fair and Objective Analysis
Disclosing Opposing Points of View
Dealing with Incomplete and Unavailable Information
Incomplete Information
Unavailable Information
NEPA's Concept of Environmental Impact Analysis
Actions
Environmental Disturbances
Receptors and Resources
Impact Analysis
Significance
Mitigation and Monitoring
Mitigation
Monitoring
Determining Whether an EA or EIS is Required
Proposals
Legislation
Major
Federal
Action
Significantly
Context
Intensity
Affecting
Human Environment
The Environmental Assessment Process
Preparing the Environmental Assessment
Public Involvement
Preparing the EA
Determining the Potential for Significance
The Three Purposes That an EA May Serve
Timing
EAs are Public Documents
Applicants and Environmental Assessment Contractors
The Analysis
Decision-Based Scoping
Analysis of Impacts
Attention Centered on Proposed Action
Significance Determinations are Reserved for the FONSI
Streamlining the EA Compliance Process
Reducing the Length of an EA
Cooperating with Other Agencies
Is Time Money?
Tiering
Issuing a Finding of No Significant Impact
FONSI is a Public Document
Waiting Period
The Administrative Record
Administrative Record and Case Law
Serving as an Expert Witness
Are You an Expert Witness?
Discovery
Depositions and Reports
Trial
Writing The Environmental Assessment
General Direction for Preparing an EA
"Will" Versus "Would"
Readability
How Long Should the EA Be?
Required Outline for an Environmental Assessment
Suggested EA Outline
Performing the Analysis
A Five-Step Methodology
Specific Documentation Requirements and Guidance
Need Section
Affected Environment Section
The Proposed Action and Alternatives Section
Environmental Impact Section
Listing Permits, Approvals, and Regulatory Requirements
Listing of Agencies and Persons Consulted
Special Topics In Environmental Analysis
Cumulative Effects Analysis in EAs
Cumulative Effects Analysis in EAs
Purpose of the Analysis
Performing the Analysis
Considering Related Actions
Considering Connected Actions
Differences in Cumulative Impact Analyses Between EAs and EISs
Accident Analyses
Sliding Scale
Overview
Accident Scenarios and Probabilities
Accident Consequences
Intentionally Destructive Acts
Incorporating Environmental Justice
Background
Determining the Appropriate Level of NEPA Review
Analyzing Environmental Impacts
Suggestions for Enhancing Public Participation
Assessing Significance
Definitions and Use of the Term Significance
Significance Determines the Depth of Analysis
Developing a Systematic Approach
General Procedure for Determining Significance
Description and Basis of the Tests
Assessing the Seven Tests of Significance
Additional Significance Considerations in Practice
Evidence of Significance
The Finding of No Significant Impact
Reaching a Determination of Nonsignificance
Principles Governing Sound Decisionmaking
Criteria that Must be Met in Reaching a Decision to not Prepare an EIS
The Agency's Administrative Record
Preparing the FONSI
Documentation Requirements
A Checklist for Preparing the FONSI
Mitigated FONSIs
Mitigation and the Courts
Criteria for Adopting Mitigation Measures
Summary
Appendices
Reprint of the NEPA Act
Reprint of the CEQ NEPA Regulations
Environmental Assessment Checklists
Tables
Summary (Optional)
Purpose and Need for Action
Description of the Proposed Action and Alternatives
Description of the Affected Environment
Environmental Effects
Overall Considerations
Procedural Considerations
Format, General Document Quality, User-Friendliness
Key to Supplemental Topical Questions
Water Resources and Water Quality
Geology and Soils
Air Quality
Wildlife and Habitat
Human Health Effects
Transportation
Waste Management and Waste Minimization
Socioeconomic Considerations
Cultural Considerations
Examples and Critiques of Real EAs
Example 1: Critique of the Environmental Assessment for Relocation of Station (Small) Ashtabula, Ashtabula, Ohio
Environmental Assessment for the Relocation of Station (Small Ashtabula, Ashtabula, Ohio
Example 2: Critique of the Sitewide Environmental Assessment for Continued Development of Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 3
Environmental Assessment for Continued Development of Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 3
Example 3: Environmental Assessment for the Transfer of the Department of Energy Grand Junction Office To Non-DOE Ownership (Preliminary Final)
Environmental Assessment for the Transfer of the Department of Energy Grand Junction Office to Non-DOE Ownership
Index

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