The term “environmental impact assessment” carries multiple meanings in the US. From a policy perspective, it refers to the public’s right to know about the environmental consequences of government actions. From a scientific perspective, it refers to methods of predicting the environmental consequences of proposed projects. From an administrative perspective, it refers to the process decision makers must go through to make environmental decisions, and the process of engaging the public in environmental decisions. The term can refer to both federal policy (NEPA) and state policy (CEQA) and related environmental laws. This course introduces you to all these views, focusing primarily on NEPA and CEQA. As you become familiar with the policy, administration, and science of EIA, you’ll be better able to engage the process to influence decisions affecting the environment.
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