Environmental Policy and NEPA is a concise study of environmental policy-where we have come from, what we are facing and where we can go in the future. An outgrowth of initiatives taken by the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ), and edited by the current Associate Director, this publication studies the effectiveness and efficiency of the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Divided into three main sections, part one covers the historical background and trends of NEPA. Part two addresses current substantive and conceptual issues associated with the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process. Part three discusses future opportunities including impact on humans, effective public participation in the EIA process and the need for sustainability.
This excellent reference brings together 28 contributing authors who combine their expertise to address a multitude of topics. Environmental Policy and NEPA is mandatory reading for the professional, researcher, government policymaker, activist, student or anyone looking for a complete presentation of the EIA process.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Historical Roots of NEPA
Chapter 2: NEPA: The Rational Approach to Change
Chapter 3: Implementing NEPA: A Non-Technical Political Task
Chapter 4: The Rationality and Logic of NEPA Revisited
Chapter 5: Basic Purposes and Policies of the NEPA Regulations
Chapter 6: The Unfinished Business of National Environmental Policy
Chapter 7: What Has NEPA Wrought Abroad?
Chapter 8: Cumulative Effects and Other Analytical Challenges of NEPA
Chapter 9: Can NEPA Prevent "Ecological Train Wrecks"?
Chapter 10: The Case for Continuous Monitoring and Adaptive Management Under NEPA
Chapter 11: Highlights of NEPA in the Courts
Chapter 12: The CEQ NEPA Effectiveness Study: Learning From Our Past and Shaping Our Future
Chapter 13: Increasing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of NEPA Through the Use of Technology
Chapter 14: Putting People in the Environment: Principles of Social Impact Assessment
Chapter 15: The Missing Link: Effects on Communities, Neighborhoods and Individuals
Chapter 16: Public Involvement Under NEPA: Trends and Opportunities
Chapter 17: Alternative Dispute Resolution in the NEPA Process
Chapter 18: Creating a User-Friendly NEPA
Chapter 19: NEPA and Tribal Matters
Chapter 20: The Role of NEPA in Sustainable Development
Chapter 21: NEPA's Interdisciplinary Mandate: Redirection for Sustainability
Chapter 22: Environmental Policy and NEPA: Future Directions
"this book offers a great deal of information and insight regarding the way the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) works, or fails to work, or does not work as well as it should...presents a variety of viewpoints from people who bring different kinds of experience to their analysis, including six academicians and eight federal government agency workers...useful as a text or to supplement upper-division or graduate level courses in environmental policy...Those who teach NEPA or deal with it in their writings should be sure to become familiar with the volume."-Dean B. Suagee, First Nations Environmental Law Program, Vermont Law School