Environmental Impact Analysis: Process and Methods, 1st Edition

  • James T. Maughan
  • Published By: CRC Press
  • ISBN-10: 1466567848
  • ISBN-13: 9781466567849
  • DDC: 333.7
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released March 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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There are thousands of environmental analyses prepared each year to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and similar programs. Written by an expert with 35 years of experience in environmental consulting, research, and education, Environmental Impact Analysis: Process and Methods makes the preparation of EIAs not only easier but more thorough. It provides a guide to successfully preparing analyses that are legally defensible; establish the base for environmental protection; and produce better projects, plans, and policies.

Following an informal description of the legal requirements, the book breaks down the analysis process into a logical flow of steps and available methods to identify impacts, compare alternatives, and develop impact mitigation measures. The author illustrates each step and analysis method with examples from case studies he managed, providing insight not available from an independent review of the cases. He offers a comprehensive and consistent approach to analysis with each chapter building on information presented in previous sections.

The book also describes methods from other programs such as hazardous waste clean-up and Natural Resources Damage Assessment and explains how they can be adapted for use in environmental impact analysis. It compares a diverse array of multi-level environmental impact analysis approaches. Readers learn not only how to produce an environmental document that meets regulations but also clearly maximizes the benefits of the analysis and results in a more useful product with strong stakeholder support.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
Summary of the National Environmental Policy Act and Implementing Regulations.
1: Development of a National Environmental Policy.
2: Contents of NEPA.
3: Summary of CEQ Regulations Implementing NEPA.
4: Clean Air Act as It Relates to NEPA.
5: NEPA Implementation.
6: References.
NEPA Process and Specific Requirements.
7: NEPA Process.
8: Purpose and Need.
9: Purpose and Need Case Study: Washington Aqueduct Water Treatment Residuals.
10: Purpose and Need Case Study: U.S. Coast Guard Rulemaking for Dry Cargo Residue Discharge in the Great Lakes.
11: Purpose and Need Conclusions.
12: Categorical Exclusion as an Efficiency Approach to Environmental Analysis.
13: NEPA Enforcement.
14: NEPA Conclusion.
15: References.
Overview and Initiating the Environmental Impact Analysis and Assessment.
16: Environmental Impact Analysis Approach.
17: Need for Environmental Impact Analysis.
18: Scoping.
19: Public Outreach.
20: Development and Preliminary Evaluation of Alternatives.
21: References.
Conducting the Environmental Impact Analysis and Assessment.
22: Environmental Impact Analysis Components.
23: Affected Environment.
24: Impact Prediction.
25: Impact Mitigation.
26: Long-Term Productivity, Irreversible Commitment of Resources and Cumulative Impacts.
27: References.
Multilevel Environmental Impact Analysis.
28: Overview.
29: Multilevel Environmental Impact Analysis Approaches.
30: Multilevel Environmental Impact Case Studies.
31: Strategic Environmental Assessment.
32: Conclusions.
33: References.
Environmental Analysis Tools.
34: Overview.
35: Ecological Risk Assessment.
36: Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA).
37: Adapting Tools to Environmental Impact Analysis.
38: References.
International and Individual State Environmental Impact Analysis Programs.
39: Introduction.
40: Canadian Environmental Program.
41: Australian Environmental Program.
42: European Union Environmental Program.
43: Japanese Environmental Program.
44: U.S. State Environmental Analysis Programs.
45: Summary.
46: References.
Coordinating and Managing the Environmental Impact Analysis Processes.
47: Introduction.
48: Integrating Environmental Approvals and Analysis.
49: Managing the Environmental Impact Analysis.
50: Environmental Impact Analysis Critical Success Factors.
Background on Case Studies.
51: Boston Harbor Cleanup Environmental Impact Statement.
52: U.S. Coast Guard Dry Cargo Residue Management EIS.
53: AJ Mine Tailings Disposal EIS.
54: Washington Aqueduct Water Treatment Residuals Management EIS.
55: References.