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The EIS Book
Managing and Preparing Environmental Impact Statements





ISBN 9781138075801
Published March 29, 2017 by CRC Press
512 Pages 74 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

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
Pre-Scoping
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
Referrals
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
Glossary
Appendices

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