Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment. Task 43. Guidance on Legal Sufficiency Criteria for Adequate Cumulative and Secondary Impacts Analysis in EIS Documents

<div><font size="3">To meet the requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), a transportation agency must evaluate the secondary and cumulative impacts of proposed transportation projects, along with the direct impacts, in <span>Environmental Impact Statements or Environmental Assessments. The Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) define cumulative effects as "<strong>the impact on the environment which results from the incremental impact of the action when added to other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions regardless of what agency (Federal or non-federal) or person undertakes such other actions" (40 CFR ~ 1508.7). </strong>Secondary, or indirect, impacts are defined as "<strong>effects which are caused by the action and are later in time or farther removed in distance, but are still reasonably foreseeable." (40 CFR 1508.8(b). </strong>In spite of these definitions, the legal sufficiency of many such analyses of indirect and cumulative impacts have been called into question by the courts. The objective of this project is to develop guidelines on the most effective ways to analyze cumulative and indirect impacts in the context of NEPA requirements.</span></font></div>

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  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $40000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 25-25, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Srinivasan, Nanda

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 4000
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140-2369
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pesesky, Lawrence

  • Start Date: 20080128
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20080801
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16427

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464615
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 25-25, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:46PM