The omniscent environmental impact statement

TitleThe omniscent environmental impact statement
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1973
AuthorsStrauss, F. A.
Conference Name41st Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 41st Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1973
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationGrand Junction, Colorado
KeywordsEnvironment, Impact statement, Matrix evaluation

The 1969 Federal Legislation and (in California) 1970 State Legislation made mandatory Environmental Impact Statements (EIR) on all public work projects. In 1972, the California Supreme Court, in its decision ‘Friends of Mammoth v. Board of Supervisors of Mono County’ imposed the requirement that public agencies prepare an EIR on all private (as well as public) projects having significant effect on the environment ‘for which a permit or other similar entitlement is required’. This has had impact on local government and industry unparalleled in recent history. The legislation and effect is briefly reviewed and outline is presented of guide lines for an EIR in the form of a Logic Diagram. Comment is made as to future requirements yet to come.