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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
was instituted in 1969 and required that federal agencies must report on
any significant environmental impact that may result from an agency action
or policy. The process for determining this impact is called an
Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA). The result of one of these
analyses is often a published report called an Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS). A more complete explanation of this process can be
This process has been replicated by many state governments, and similar
processes were instituted by many international governments and
For more resources on this topic, or to
find actual EISs, search in the HELIN Catalog by Library of Congress
Subject Headings: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ANALYSIS; ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT STATEMENTS; CUMULATIVE EFFECTS ASSESSMENT (ENVIRONMENTAL
ASSESSMENT); ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT (BIOLOGY); ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT;
and ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITING. In the University Library, many EISs can
be found in the Government Publications area at SuDoc numbers beginning
with EP1.57 (for the EPA) and I1.98 (for the Dept. of the Interior).
Listed below are a selection of resources that provide various types of
information on the EIA process.
Glossaries & Handbooks
International | Web
- URI TD194.6 .C36 1996
- Cantor, Larry W.
Environmental Impact Assessment.
- Provides detailed overview of many aspects
of EIA. Contains many pertinent diagrams charts, and tables of
information. Chapters include bibliographic references.
Indexed by subject.
- URI Ref TD193 .E56533 2005
- Environmental Instrumentation
and Analysis Handbook,
edited by Randy D. Down and Jay H. Lehr.
- Collection of illustrated articles
containing theory and practice regarding tools and techniques used in EIA.
Articles included bibliographic references. Indexed by subject.
- URI Ref TD194.6 .C37
- Cantor, Larry W. Handbook
of Variables for Environmental Impact Assessment.
- Compilation of standard variables for EIA,
with associated forumulae, diagrams, and descriptions. Includes
subject/author index and bibliographic references.
- URI TD194.6 E63
- Environmental Impact Statement
Glossary: A Reference Source for EIS Writers, Reviewers, and
Citizens, edited by Marc
- Subject-organized list of terms commonly
used in the creation of EISs. Includes subject index and
bibliographic references. Also includes the "Census Users'
Dictionary" from the 1970 Census Users' Guide, which contains terms
related to geography, population, and housing.
- URI Ref HC110 .E5 B37 1993
- Bass, Ronald E. and Albert I. Henson.
Mastering NEPA: A Step-by-Step Approach.
- Overview guide to NEPA and associated
practices. Includes text of the act, related regulations from the
President's Council on Environmental Equality, a list of frequently asked
questions, various agency guidance memos, directory of agencies' NEPA
liasons, glossary, subject index.
- URI Ref KF3775 .N47
- NEPA Deskbook/Environmental
- Compilation of legal information relating
to NEPA. Contains text of NEPA, related regulations, legal
commentaries, Supreme Court case summaries, and samples of NEPA documents.
- URI Serial Stacks TD194.6
.E593 v.19 - 22: 1999 - 2002.
- Environmental Impact
Online. 1995 -.
- Contains articles on conducting
assessments, analyzing specific environments, EISs. Selectively
indexed in ASFA 3: Aquatic Pollution and Environmental Quality.
- URI Electronic Journal
- Impact Assessment and Project
Appraisal: Journal of the International Association for Impact
- Covers a broad spectrum of content
concerning EIA theory and practice, recent developments, editorials, and
specific assessement studies. Indexed in Academic Search
- URI TD194.68 .D44 C66 1999
- Conducting Environmental
Impact Assessment in Developing Countries,
edited by Prasad Modak and Asit K. Biswas.
- Breaks down the EIA process as is related
specifically to developing countries. Includes several case studies
of EIAs performed in developing countries in response to various projects
and programs. Indexed by subject.
Environmental Impact Assessment Open Educational Resource.
- Comprised of an extensive online course
module for EIA in international settings, an EIA wiki, and a guide on
incorporating the site's resources into EIA instruction.
- Environmental Protection Agency's
National Environmental Policy Act Page.
- Information on finding citations for,
submitting, and obtaining EISs. Users can search or browse list of
all EISs filed through EPA since 2004. The EPA Repository library's
online catalog also contains EISs (search by "Environmental Impact
Statements" or "EIS"), some of which are available online.
- European Commission's
Environmental Impact Assessment page.
- Contains articles, studies, and policy
statements on both Environmental Impact (single projects) and Strategic
Environmental (long-term policies and programs) Assessment from the
European Commission's Environment Directorate General.
If you need further assistance, please contact the Government Publications Office,
University Library, (401) 874-2606. If the office is closed, please consult the Reference Desk, which may be reached at (401)
874-2653. You may also contact the government publications subject specialist, Deborah
Mongeau, at (401) 874-4610 or email@example.com.
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