Problems and prospects in local environmental assessment: lessons from the United States

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Abstract

Local environmental assessment (EA), mandated by five US states, has introduced complex management issues for practitioners and policy makers. Based on a review of statutes, case law, and prior EA evaluations, this paper outlines three key issue areas for local EA: linking comprehensive planning and EA; making the threshold determination process more certain; and balancing mitigation with public participation. The paper argues that all the issues reflect a central tension in environmental assessment between procedural consistency and the need for contingent responses to conditions that differ among the projects to be reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-24
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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