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Environmental Impact Assessment

A Guide to Best Professional Practices

Environmental Impact Assessment by Charles H. Eccleston
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Cumulative impact assessment
Definition of cumulative impact
Types of cumulative impacts
The scale problem: defining spatial and temporal boundaries
Determining the scoping of actions to evaluate
A five-step procedure for accessing cumulative impacts
Managing and performing a cumulative impact analysis
Resolving Eccleston’s cumulative impact paradox
Preparing NEPA programmatic analyses and tiering
Litigation and judicial review

Preparing greenhouse emission assessments: A synopsis of guidance and best professional practices
Brief summary of the science behind greenhouse warming
Summary of key NEPA court decisions involving climate change
Regulatory direction on considering greenhouse emissions
NEPA and GHG impacts considerations
Criteria useful in determining the need to evaluate
Best professional practices for performing GHG assessments
Method for evaluating climate change impacts
Considering cumulative GHG impacts
The cumulative impact paradox
Comparative summary of the SDP process

Preparing risk assessments and accident analyses
Definitions of risk
Risk assessment
Risk in decision making
Risk communications
Accident analyses

Social impact assessment and environmental justice
Defining SIA
Problems, authority, and conflicts in SIA
Preparing the SIA
Environmental justice

The international environmental impact assessment process
Comparison of NEPA with other EIA processes
Programmatic and strategic
Guidance for preparing programmatic NEPA assessments
Problems and limitations

Environmental management systems
The ISO 14000 standards
The environmental management system
The complementary benefits of integrating sustainability with a consolidated EIA/EMS
Constructing an integrated EIA/EMS/sustainable development process
Acronym List

CRC Press; March 2011
286 pages; ISBN 9781439828748
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Title: Environmental Impact Assessment
Author: Charles H. Eccleston
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