For the Federal Highway Administration, ICF conducted a study of environmental constraints facing new or expanding intermodal freight facilities.
Among the impacts of concern are issues of the natural environment, such as noise, air emissions, and dredge spoils, and issues of the human environment, such as environmental justice or historical resources. Both the broader National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and more narrow issues, such as wetlands permitting or local approvals, were considered in the study. ICF investigated the differing perspectives of multiple stakeholders in a complex project environment, and developed a framework for understanding both the actual and idealized means by which the planning process addresses applicable environmental concerns.
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