Environmental Impact Assessment: A Guide to Best Professional Practices

Environmental Impact Assessment: A Guide to Best Professional Practices

by Charles H. Eccleston


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138074156
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/29/2017
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Charles H. Eccleston is associated with the Nuclear Regulatory Agency and National Association of Environmental Professionals.

Table of Contents

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

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Environmental Impact Assessment: A Guide to Best Professional Practices 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book might be better titled Special Topics in Environmental Impact Assessment. While it focuses on special EIA issues, it provide best professional guidance I’ve seen for addressing timely and controversial EIA issues and topics. The book provides guidance on how to assess issues such as cumulative impact analysis; Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions; risk assessment and accident analyses; and socioeconomic and environmental justice issues. This guidance is some of the best direction I’ve seen on how to provide legally defensible assessments. It’s hard to beat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished the book a couple of days ago. The books style is clear and authoritative. The thing that distinguishes it from other books is that it describes best professional practices for preparing complicated assessment on current environmental issues. The guidance it provides on preparing cumulative and greenhouse emission assessment is second to none. Highly recommended for scientists and engineers, decision-makers and policymakers, and others, both in the U.S. and internationally. The book is also suitable for teaching EIA classes at the university and professional development level.