Effective Environmental Assessments

Author: Charles Eccleston
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1420032437
Format: PDF
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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.

Preparing NEPA Environmental Assessments

Author: Charles Eccleston
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1439808902
Format: PDF
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Although upwards of 50,000 environmental assessments (EAs) are prepared annually—compared to some 500 environmental impact statements (EISs)—the focus of U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations is on defining requirements for preparing EISs. Written by Charles Eccleston and J. Peyton Doub, who have established themselves among the top environmental experts in the world, Preparing NEPA Environmental Assessments: A User’s Guide to Best Professional Practices fills the need for an authoritative and comprehensive guide on how to prepare EAs. Bridging the regulatory gap, this book identifies relevant EIS regulatory requirements that can be logically interpreted to also apply to EAs. It compiles and synthesizes information scattered throughout NEPA’s regulations, executive orders, and guidance documents, and incorporates case law to provide additional clarification. The authors also draw on the professional experiences and best professional practices (BPP) of NEPA practitioners. From the fundamentals to more advanced topics, the book presents a consistent methodology to help beginners, students, and professionals manage, analyze, and write legally sufficient EAs. It addresses dilemmas that have traditionally plagued preparation of EAs, provides BPPs, tools, and approaches for resolving problems, and introduces methods for streamlining the EA process. Building on Eccleston’s previous guide to EAs, Effective Environmental Assessments: How to Manage and Prepare NEPA Assessments (2001), this book reflects the rapid changes in government policy over the past ten years. An indispensable source of practical information, it provides readers with step-by-step direction and best practices for preparing defensible EAs.

The NEPA Planning Process

Author: Charles H. Eccleston
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471252726
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Praise for The NEPA Planning Process "The most comprehensive and detailed guide to the effective, as well as efficient, administration of NEPA to date."--Lynton K. Caldwell Consultant to the Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs 91st Congress, 1968-70. "Eccleston . . . has provided a commonsense guide for managers that illuminates the NEPA process with lucid discussions and commonsense guidance on how to navigate some of the most difficult challenges in NEPA practice."--Frederic March Environmental Scientist Sandia National Laboratories. "Here is the essential book for every NEPA practitioner. The NEPA Planning Process explains the process for preparing adequate and effective impact statements, and for complying with NEPA's statutory requirements. . . . Especially recommended."--Daniel R. Mandelker Stamper Professor of Law Washington University. As the first modern federal environmental statute, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was passed by Congress in 1969. All federal agencies must comply with NEPA's sweeping mandate. Yet, amazingly, until now, there has been no authoritative, single-source guide for navigating the complexities of the NEPA process. Authored by the leading national expert on the subject, this book fills that gap in the literature. The first comprehensive guide of its kind, The NEPA Planning Process offers clear, detailed explanations of all relevant requirements, with emphasis on managing and enhancing the effectiveness of federal planning. Designed to save hours of painstaking research while minimizing costs and risk of litigation, it integrates critical information from hundreds of sources--including the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)'s NEPA regulations and guidance, presidential and EPA directives, case law, recent research from nationally recognized experts, and the professional experiences of NEPA practitioners. The NEPA Planning Process is an indispensable professional resource for environmental scientists and engineers engaged in NEPA practice. It is also a valuable working resource for project planners, regulators, citizens groups, and attorneys.

NEPA and Environmental Planning

Author: Charles H. Eccleston
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781420007817
Format: PDF, Docs
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“... the most comprehensive book on NEPA and impact assessment to date....provides practical guidance for navigating the complexities of NEPA, environmental planning; readers are provided with a single guide describing modern tools, techniques, and approaches for streamlining project implementation.” Dr. Lynton K. Caldwell, “The Father of NEPA” (Endorsement prepared for draft text, before he passed away) The U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 established the world’s first modern national environmental policy. All federal agencies must comply with NEPA’s sweeping mandate to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) evaluating impacts and alternatives of significant federal actions. More than 100 countries have now enacted similar policies emulating NEPA. Written by a leading NEPA expert, this all-inclusive handbook: · Incorporates a step-by-by step approach, advancing the reader from NEPA’s basic principles through advanced topics of interest to seasoned professionals · Describes environmental planning and EIA from both American and international perspectives · Integrates best professional practices from hundreds of sources, papers, and guidance directives · Demonstrates state-of-the-art tools, techniques, and approaches for solving problems that have hindered NEPA and environmental planning practices. NEPA and Environmental Planning: Tools, Techniques, and Approaches for Practitioners is an indispensable resource for professionals in government, consulting, planning, science and engineering, as well as students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Implementing Strategic Environmental Assessment

Author: Michael Schmidt
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3540271341
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This comprehensive Handbook describes the implementation of SEA in 18 countries around the world, as well as a critical analysis of different SEA methodologies. It introduces key SEA principles and the legal requirements of the new European SEA Directive, which became law in 2004, and describes the implementation of SEA in 11 European Union countries, as well as the USA, Canada and New Zealand. This is contrasted with SEA requirements of four developing countries.

Using the Engineering Literature Second Edition

Author: Bonnie A. Osif
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 143985002X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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With the encroachment of the Internet into nearly all aspects of work and life, it seems as though information is everywhere. However, there is information and then there is correct, appropriate, and timely information. While we might love being able to turn to Wikipedia® for encyclopedia-like information or search Google® for the thousands of links on a topic, engineers need the best information, information that is evaluated, up-to-date, and complete. Accurate, vetted information is necessary when building new skyscrapers or developing new prosthetics for returning military veterans While the award-winning first edition of Using the Engineering Literature used a roadmap analogy, we now need a three-dimensional analysis reflecting the complex and dynamic nature of research in the information age. Using the Engineering Literature, Second Edition provides a guide to the wide range of resources available in all fields of engineering. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and features new sections on nanotechnology as well as green engineering. The information age has greatly impacted the way engineers find information. Engineers have an effect, directly and indirectly, on almost all aspects of our lives, and it is vital that they find the right information at the right time to create better products and processes. Comprehensive and up to date, with expert chapter authors, this book fills a gap in the literature, providing critical information in a user-friendly format.

Environmental Impact Assessment

Author: Charles H. Eccleston
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781439828748
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Under the best of circumstances, preparing an environmental impact assessment (EIA) can be a complex and challenging task. Experience indicates that the scope and quality of such analyses varies widely throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. Written to help practitioners and decision-makers apply best professional practices in the development of EIAs, Environmental Impact Assessment: A Guide to Best Professional Practices provides an in depth, yet practical direction for developing a defensible analysis that meets best professional practices. The book describes preparation of five distinct types of assessments: Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) Preparing Greenhouse Emission Assessments Preparing Risk Assessments and Accident Analyses Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and Environmental Justice The International Environmental Impact Assessment Process Guiding Principles To date, there is significant variation and disagreement about how such analyses should be prepared. The author introduces best professional practices (BPP) for preparing such EIAs that is intended to meet decision-making and regulatory expectations. He supplies a comprehensive and balanced skill set of tools, techniques, concepts, principles, and practices for preparing these assessments. He also includes directions for developing a comprehensive Environmental Management Systems which can be used to monitor and implement final decisions for such analyses. While the book references the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), most of this guidance is generally applicable to any international EIA process consistent with NEPA. With thorough coverage of all aspects of assessments, the book presents a theoretical introduction to the subject as well as practical guidance. It delivers state-of-the-art tools, techniques, and approaches for resolving EIA problems.

Handbook of Environmental Engineering Assessment

Author: Ravi Jain
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
ISBN: 0123884446
Format: PDF, Docs
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Chapter 1 Environmental Assessment in Engineering and Planning Chapter 2 Environmental Laws and Regulations Chapter 3 National Environmental Policy Act Chapter 4 Environmental Documents and CEQ Regulations Chapter 5 Elements of Environmental Assessment and Planning Chapter 6 Environmental Assessment Methodologies Chapter 7 Generalized approach for Environmental Analysis Chapter 8 Procedure for Reviewing Environmental Impact Statements Chapter 9 International Perspectives on Environmental Assessment, Engineering, and Planning Chapter 10 Economic and Social Impact Analysis Chapter 11 Public Participation Chapter 12 Energy and Environmental Implications Chapter 13 Contemporary Issues in Environmental Engineering and Planning Epilogue.

Environmental Policy and NEPA

Author: E. Ray Clark
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781574440720
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.