The EIS Book: Managing and Preparing Environmental Impact Statements

1st Edition

Charles H. Eccleston

CRC Press
Published March 29, 2017
Reference - 512 Pages - 74 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138075801 - CAT# K34143

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Summary

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.

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