WHAT IS A GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT?

MOST GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES DO NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY PERSONNEL OR RESOURCES TO SUPPORT AND REVIEW THE DRAFT STATEMENTS. THE TONE AND LENGTH OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT ARE PROBLEMS. IT IS A TECHNICAL DOCUMENT THAT MUST BE USABLE THROUGHOUT THE PLANNING, DESIGN, AND CONSTRUCTION PHASES AND STAND UP TO TECHNICAL SCRUTINIZING OUTSIDE THE AGENCY. THEY MUST, HOWEVER, BE CLEAR TO LAYMEN. THE AUTHOR SUGGESTS THAT STATE TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES DEVELOP ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIFICATIONS THAT STIPULATE THE DEPARTMENT'S POLICY AND PROCEDURES IN AS MANY GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AREAS AS POSSIBLE. ALL CONCERNED STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES, ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS, AND CITIZEN CONSERVATION GROUPS SHOULD PROVIDE INPUTS IN THE FORMATIVE STAGES OF THIS POLICY. THIS INPUT SHOULD BE CONCURRENTLY EVALUATED FROM AN ENGINEERING, PLANNING,AND COST VIEWPOINT; THE COST EVALUATION SHOULD INCLUDE THE AVAILABILITY OF FEDERAL FUNDING IN IMPLEMENTATION. THEN, AN ATTEMPT SHOULD BE MADE TO RESOLVE DIFFERENCES AND FORMULATE POLICY. IN THOSE AREAS WHERE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON POLICY CANNOT BE REACHED THROUGH SINCERE INTERAGENCY AND PUBLIC COMMUNICATION, THE HIGHWAY AGENCY MUST REACH ITS OWN DECISION, SUPPORT ITS POSITION ADEQUATELY WITHIN THE TEXT OF THE REPORT, AND ACCEPT WHATEVER THE OUTCOME MAY BE.

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    • L'Amoreaux, Ray G
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  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 29-31
  • Monograph Title: ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS IN PLANNING, DESIGN, AND CONSTRUCTION
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  • Accession Number: 00200622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309021529
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 17 1973 12:00AM