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The EIS Book

Managing and Preparing Environmental Impact Statements, 1st Edition

By Charles H. Eccleston

CRC Press

512 pages | 74 B/W Illus.

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Poor Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) practice leads to poorly planned projects, and ultimately poor environmental protection. Written by recognized NEPA authority Charles H. Eccleston, The EIS Book: Managing and Preparing Environmental Impact Statements supplies focused direction on preparing an EIS, highlighting best professional practices (BBP) and lessons learned from case law that provide valuable direction for preparing legally defensible documents.

The book is not about preparing bigger or more complicated EISs—but better ones. Beginning with fundamental topics and advancing into successively more advanced subjects, Eccleston describes EIS preparation as a comprehensive framework for planning future actions, rather than merely a document preparation procedure. He supplies direction for preparing defensible analyses that facilitate well-planned projects and improved decision-making.

  • Discusses EIS document requirements including the Council of Environmental Quality’s NEPA regulations and related guidelines, EPA guidance and requirements, presidential executive orders, and case law
  • Covers how to perform a legally sufficient cumulative impact assessment and how to evaluate greenhouse emissions and climate change
  • Details a step-by-step approach for navigating the entire EIS process that includes all pertinent process requirements from issuing the notice of intent, through public scoping, to issuing the final record of decision (ROD)
  • Includes analytical requirements for preparing the EIS analysis and guidance for performing various types of analyses
  • Provides tools, techniques, and best professional practices for preparing the EIS and performing the analysis
  • Presents a case study that reinforces key EIS regulatory requirements, and integrates lessons learned from this case study with appropriate regulatory requirements

The book gives readers a firm grasp of the process for preparing an EIS, including all key regulatory requirements that a legally sufficient EIS document must satisfy. No other book synthesizes all such requirements and guidance into a single source for easy and rapid access.

Table of Contents

Scientific Shams - How Not to Prepare an EIS

A Human and Environmental Disaster of Epic Proportions

Calvert Cliffs – NEPA’s First Major Lawsuit

NRC’S Flawed EIS Process

Mismanagement Threatens Society

When Nuclear Power and Black Swans

Overview of NEPA and the EIS Process

The Development of NEPA and it’s EIS Requirement

The NEPA Statute

Introduction to the EIS Process

Sliding Scale, Rule of Reason, and Nomenclature

Preliminaries and Pre-Scoping

Initiating the EIS Process


EIS Management Tools

Preparing the Environmental Impact Statement

General EIS Direction and Concepts

Issuing the Notice of Intent

The Formal Scoping Process

Consultation and Identifying Environmental Regulatory Requirements

Preparing the Draft EIS

Filing the DEIS with the EPA

Circulating the Draft EIS for Public Comment

Preparing the Final EIS

The Record of Decision

Mitigation, Post-EIS Monitoring, and Enforcement


Supplemental EISs

Legislative EISs

Programmatic EISs

Performing the EIS Analysis

Six-Step Technique for Analyzing Impacts

Impact Assessment Methodologies

Investigating and Describing the "Affected Environment" and "Alternatives"

Assessing Direct and Indirect Impacts, and Significance

Performing a Health Impact Assessment in an EIS

Performing the Cumulative Impact Assessment

Performing a Greenhouse Gas and Climate Change Assessment

Performing an Accident Analyses in an EIS

Writing the Environmental Impact Statement

Requirement for Writing the Notice of Intent

General Requirements for Writing the EIS

Techniques and Hints for Writing the EIS

Page Limits and Size of the EIS

The EIS Content and Format

The Record of Decision

Closing Thoughts

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Flawed Planning and Decision-Making

Capstone Problems



Subject Categories

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