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Evaluating Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change Impacts under NEPA:

Ten Steps to Taking a Hard Look

Thinking Forward
Categorized Under: Environment



The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to take a hard look at the environmental consequences of their proposed actions; however, many agencies are preparing NEPA documents with little or no analysis of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) or the impacts of global climate change. As policy makers continue to debate how agencies should address GHG emissions and climate change impacts under NEPA, lead agencies cannot afford to wait for answers. This paper briefly explains why GHG/climate change impacts must be evaluated under NEPA and includes a recommended ten-step approach for minimizing the risk of legal jeopardy.

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Authored By

  • Ron Bass

    Senior FellowICF International

    Ronald Bass has participated in environmental and planning studies under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and state planning laws. He is coauthor of The CEQA DESKBOOK: A Step-by-Step Approach to the California Environmental Quality Act and The NEPA Book: A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Comply with the National Environmental Policy Act.

    A member of the editorial board of California Environmental Law Reporter, he writes articles about legislation, regulations, and court decisions. Mr. Bass has served as president of the Association of Environmental Professionals and the American Planning Association, California chapter, from which he received the Distinguished Leadership Award.

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Published: Nov 3, 2008
Source: ICF International

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