NEPA and Climate Change
Climate Change in EISs:
One of SCCCL's major recent projects has been a systematic analysis of how the Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) required under NEPA, and under state law NEPA analogs, treat the issue of climate change. Outcomes of the project are summarized below.
This study culminated in several products:
- Two databases of EISs collect a sample of EISs that include consideration of climate change-related impacts. The databases include categories for the locality, lead agency, type of project, and a discussion of the impacts considered, as well as a categorization of the type of climate change-related impact considered for each project.
The first database includes EISs submitted under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and covers the period from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2011. Download the database (.xlsx)
The second database includes EISs submitted under the California Environmental Quality Act, and covers the period from July 1, 2009 to July 7, 2010. Download the database (.xlsx) OR Download the database (.xls)
- A summer 2012 white paper by SCCCL undergraduate intern Patrick Woolsey summarizes SCCCL's findings on the types of climate change impacts being considered in EISs and highlights the differences among agencies in their climate analyses: White Paper on the Consideration of Climate Change in Federal EISs, 2009-2011 (July 2012), by Patrick Woolsey
- SCCCL has also prepared a matrix summarizing the impacts discussed in EISs prepared by various federal agencies.
Water in EISs
As an outgrowth of our climate EIS project, we have also compiled a sample database examining the treatment of water-related issues in all Final Environmental Impact Statements (FEIS) reported to EPA from January 1 to September 30, 2012. The database, comprised of 149 FEISs, details the extent to which federal agencies address topics related to water and climate change. Download the database (.xlsx)
A spring 2013 white paper by SCCCL undergraduate intern Cathy Li summarizes the findings on types of water impacts being considered in EISs and highlights the differences among agencies in their treatment of the issue: Discussion of Climate Change-Related Water Impacts in Federal Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), January-September 2012 (March 2013).
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