Effective Environmental Assessments: How to Manage and Prepare NEPA EAs, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Effective Environmental Assessments

How to Manage and Prepare NEPA EAs, 1st Edition

By Charles Eccleston, J. Peyton Doub

CRC Press

488 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Although upwards of 50,000 Environmental Assessments (EA) are prepared annually, the focus of the National Environmental Policy Acts (NEPA) Regulations is clearly on defining requirements for preparing environmental impact statements. Surprisingly, until now, there has been no authoritative and comprehensive guide on how to prepare Environmental Assessments (EAs).

Effective Environmental Assessments: How to Manage and Prepare NEPA EAs fills that gap.

Authored by one of the nations leading experts, and recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Performance by the National Association of Environmental Professionals, the book provides you with de facto direction and best professionals standards for preparing publicly defensible EAs. The result is an indispensable source of practical information. No other book available come close to providing the wealth of information provided in Effective Environmental Assessments: How to Manage and Prepare NEPA EAs.


"Mr. Eccelston has written a most thorough guide to managing and preparing EAs that puts NEPA back into its original perspective - a planning and decision-making tool…comprehensively covers the EA process…provides practical guidance for effectively preparing an analysis…"

-Mr. Russell W. Peterson, Former Governor of Delaware and Former Chairman of the CEQ

"NEPA is the cornerstone of our environmental statutory structure and provides a strategic look for long-range planning. By explaining the environmental assessment process in a scholarly, yet easily understandable way, Charles Eccleston has performed an enormous service for all who care about the protection of our country's - and indeed the world's - environment."

-Michael R. Deland, Former Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality.

"Charles Eccleston has performed a real service in authoring Effective Environmental Assessments: How to Manage and Write NEPA Assessments. The book fills a void and concentrates on environmental assessments, a critical but underemphasized part of the NEPA process. It is, furthermore, both useful and user-friendly."

-Nicholas C. Yost, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, former General Counsel of the Council on Environmental Quality

Table of Contents

An Overview of NEPA

NEPA's Purpose

Overview of the NEPA Compliance Process

General Concepts and Requirements

NEPA is a Planning and Decisionmaking Process

Interim Actions

Integrating NEPA with Other Requirements

Conducting an Early and Open Process

Public Involvement


Systematic and Interdisciplinary Planning

Writing Documents in Plain English

Incorporation by Reference

NEPA's Concept of Environmental Impact Analysis


Environmental Disturbances

Receptors and Resources

Impacts Analysis


Mitigation and Monitoring

Determining if an EA or EIS is Require?








Human Environment

The Environmental Assessment Process

Preparing the Environmental Assessment

Performing the Analysis

Streamlining the EA Compliance Process

Issuing a Finding of No Significant Impact

The Administrative Record

Serving as and Expert Witness

Writing the Environmental Assessment

General Direction for Preparing an EA

Required Outline for an Environmental Assessment

Specific Documentation Requirements and Guidance

Special Topics in Environmental Analysis

Cumulative Effects Analysis in EAs

Accident Analysis

Incorporating Environmental Justice

Assessing Significance - A Systematic Procedure

Definitions and Use of the Term Significance

General Procedure for Determining Significance

The Finding of Nonsignificant Impact

Reaching a Determination of Nonsignificance

Preparing the FONSI

Mitigated FONSIs


Appendix A: Reprint of the NEPA Act

Appendix B: Reprint of the CEQ NEPA Regulations

Appendix C: Environmental Assessment Checklists

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General