A Study of the Review and Comment Phase of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Report No: 75-R4

Published in 1974

About the report:

Since the enactment of the National Environmental Policy Act in 1969, there has been considerable change in the efficiency of the preparation and distribution of environment a impact statements (EIS). This study was an evaluation of the review and comment phase as part of the overall EIS process. From a survey of agencies involved in this phase, it was determined that the majority of problems derive from: 1) the sporadic flow of statements to agencies for review; 2) the shortage of review staff; and 3) the complexity of some projects. An analysis of the review process showed that in part the difficulties are due to the "segmented" structure of the overall system. The lack of short-term flexibility and long-term adaptability are seen as the symptoms of this segmented system.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • David R. Howell 

Last updated: February 5, 2024

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