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Environmental Impact Statements: Process and Content

OnDemand Webinar (81 minutes)

The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to prepare environmental impact statements whenever they propose to carry out, approve, or fund proposed actions that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment. EISs are typically prepared for some of the most important and complex actions undertaken by federal agencies. Yet, many people involved in the NEPA process do not fully understand the criteria that trigger the preparation of an EIS or the process for preparing them. This on-demand webinar will explain the role of the EIS in NEPA implementation, the different types of EISs and the process for preparing them. It will also cover the key content requirements of an EIS and how these important documents are used in federal decision making. This on-demand webinar is particularly relevant for federal agency staff, consultants who prepare NEPA documents, attorneys, and interest groups involved in the NEPA process.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to discuss the role of environmental impact statements in the NEPA process.
  • You will be able to identify when an EIS must be prepared.
  • You will be able to review the key steps in preparing an EIS.
  • You will be able to describe the different types of EISs.


Ronald Bass, J.D., AICP, ICF International
Antero "Terry" Rivasplata, AICP, ICF International


The Role of Environmental Impact Statements in the NEPA Process

• Overview of NEPA

• When Must an EIS Be Prepared - Legal Standard

• Definition of Significantly

Types of EIS

• Project-Level EISs

• Programmatic EISs

• Tiering as a Streamlining Tool

EIS Preparation

• Key Steps in EIS Preparation

• Scoping, Public Review, and Inter-Agency Coordination

• Draft and Final Documents

EIS Contents

• Purpose and Need

• Proposed Action

• Alternatives

• Environmental Consequences: Direct, Indirect, Cumulative

• Mitigation Measures

Use of EIS in Agency Decision Making

• Consideration of Information in EIS

• Record of Decision

• Monitoring and Follow-Up