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The NEPA planning process : a comprehensive guide with emphasis on efficiency
Eccleston, Charles H.
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Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [1999]

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xxiv, 396 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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GE180 .E33 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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.

Author Notes

CHARLES H. ECCLESTON is Principal Scientist at the Department of Energy's Hanford Site. He consults on NEPA and planning problems, and has lectured and written extensively on NEPA compliance issues. As a participant in a CEQ workshop, he provided recommendations for implementing CEQ's NEPA effectiveness initiative. He chairs the National Association of Environmental Professionals' Tools and Techniques (TNT) NEPA Practice Committee.

Table of Contents

Historical Background and Overview of NEPA
Overview of the NEPA Process
Essential Concepts Underlining Effective NEPA Practice
Promoting Efficiency in NEPA Practice
Exemptions: Actions not Subject to NEPA'S Requirements
Categorical Exclusions
The Environmental Assessment: Documentation and Process Requirements
When is an EIS Required?The Environmental Impact Statement Process
Interim Actions: Limitations on Actions During the NEPA Process
Actions, Alternatives, and Effects: Determining the Scope of an Analysis
Performing the Impact Analysis: Cumulative Impacts Analysis and Special Issues
The Courts and NEPA Litigation