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Environmental Impact Statements

The environmental impact statement (EIS) is a device that allows study, contemplation, and commentary by a broad spectrum of interested parties before commencing with a project or activity that might threaten the environment or cultural assets. A relatively new legal mechanism, EIS requirements recognize that such engineering works as road building, dam construction, and port channelization can have far-reaching and often unexpected ecological and cultural impacts, and before the bulldozers and draglines go to work, these impacts must be identified and responded to. Communication is a key component; the EIS process involves the use of communication by whatever means are available and appropriate to reach and involve interested parties.

Origins

Following a very gradual awakening of public interest and concern for the environment, an enlightenment encouraged ...

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