THE IMPACT OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS

THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT REQUIRES ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES TO PREPARE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS BASED ON REPORTS SUBMITTED BY THE PARTICIPATING COMPANIES. THESE STATEMENTS MUST BE PREPARED PRIOR TO INITIATION OF CERTAIN FEDERALLY FUNDED OR LICENSED PROJECTS AND ALSO PRIOR TO PASSAGE OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECTING THE QUALITY OF HUMAN LIFE. THE COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (CEQ) ACTS AS THE FINAL REVIEWER OF ALL FEDERAL IMPACT STATEMENTS. THE CEQ HAS DEVELOPED GUIDELINES AS TO WHAT POINTS MUST BE COVERED SUCH AS THE NATURE AND EFFECT OF THE PROJECT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, ALL PROBABLE CONSEQUENCES AND IMPACTS, ADVERSE EFFECTS THAT CANNOT BE AVOIDED, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SHORT AND LONG TERM EFFECTS, ANY IRREVERSIBLE AND IRRETRIEVABLE COMMITMENTS OF RESOURCES, AND SOME INDICATION OF COUNTERVAILING BENEFITS THAT COULD BE REALIZED BY FOLLOWING REASONABLE ALTERNATIVES. ADVOCATES OF THE STATEMENTS PRAISE THE GOALS OF THE ACT AND SAY IT IS A NECESSARY CHECK TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT. OPPONENTS SAY ONE CANNOT ACHIEVE AS COMPLETE AN UNDERSTANDING AS CALLED FOR IN THE GUIDELINES, THAT IT CAUSES UNNECESSARY DELAYS AND HAS CREATED LITTLE CHANGE. THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT AGENCIES HAVE ONLY JUST BEGUN ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL AND THAT TIME MAY PROVE THE STATEMENTS TO BE OF MORE VALUE.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 25-9
  • Serial:
    • Management Review
    • Volume: 63
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: AMERICAN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
    • ISSN: 0025-1895

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00200655
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 20 1974 12:00AM