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GC 475: Environmental Impact Assessment

"There is more than one place to look for these, and no one source is perfect"

*Locating Environmental Impact Statements Online

General Sources

Catalog of Government Publications
In their Advanced Search, use the following: "final environmental impact statement" OR "final EIS". Publications are sorted new to old, and if any are online, the URL will appear off to the right of the record. You can search the Olson Library catalog in the same fashion, although our physical holdings of EIS's are small and of a local nature.

USA.gov search
USA.gov, the official web portal to the U.S. Government, will search all Federal agency websites (as well as state and local government websites). The results may not always lead to an actual EIS. Also search with the phrase "final EIS" or even perhaps FEIS . Clicking on this link will automatically search for "final environmental impact statement".

Federal Register Search
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. Announcements of and ways to view environmental impact statements are made frequently. The link is set to search for "final environmental impact statement".

Specific Agencies

All Federal agencies can issue an EIS (and each probably has a slightly different way of writing them), but the agencies listed below are your best bet.

Environmental Protection Agency’s National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)
Go to the advanced search screen, search using "final environmental impact statement" (or "final EIS" in a separate search)-don't forget to select exact phrase. Uncheck the "Hardcopy Publications" box. You might also need to select additional dates. Documents can be downloaded in .pdf.

An additional EPA search tool is the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Database, which has documents from 1987 onward.

Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, Department of Energy.
For each of these agencies, conduct two separate searches in the search box: “final environmental impact statement”, “final EIS”. The results will appear to mimic those of the USA.gov search, but will contain additional resources.

And look locally or regionally--websites for the state, a local city, township, or county: do they have an EIS available online for a proposed, current, or finished project?

The EPA has instructions for obtaining an Environmental Impact Statement from elsewhere off their National Environmental Policy Act website.

Environmental Impact Statement Writing Resources--Federal and State

The Environmental Style: Writing Environmental Assessments & Impact Statements. From the U.S. Department of Energy. And a similar webpage from the National Parks Service. The Fish & Wildlife Service has guidelines as well.

Michigan DOT Environmental Impact Statement process.

California Department of Transportation EIS Guidelines.

Considerations for impact reporting from the Alaska Sea Grant.

Very specific information on Environmental Impact Statements from The Depleted UF6 Management Information Network from the US Department of Energy.

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