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Examples of Effective Techniques for Preparing High-Quality NEPA Documents (2014)

This report is to help practitioners bridge the gap between the theory and practice of producing high-quality NEPA documents, by providing examples that illustrate specific techniques. The examples are organized into two broad categories:

  • Improving Overall Document Quality. This group includes techniques for improving the quality and readability of the NEPA document as a whole. These examples address such issues such as page layout, writing style, and graphics.
  • Meeting NEPA and Related Requirements. This group includes techniques for strengthening portions of the document that address specific requirements under NEPA and other environmental laws. These examples address issues such as purpose and need, alternatives analysis, methodologies, and mitigation.

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Table of Contents
Introduction, Background, Reference Documents and Resource Materials

Appendices: Techniques for Improving Overall Document Quality
Chapter 1. Page Layout
Chapter 2. Writing Style
Chapter 3. Document Structure
Chapter 4. Navigation
Chapter 5. Abstracts
Chapter 6. Presentation of Data
Chapter 7. Figures
Chapter 8. Visualization
Chapter 9. Appendices
Chapter 10. References to Supporting Materials

Appendices: Techniques for Demonstrating Compliance with NEPA and Related Requirements
Chapter 11. Purpose and Need
Chapter 12. Alternatives Analysis
Chapter 13. Methodologies
Chapter 14. Mitigation/Commitments
Chapter 15. Regulatory Compliance
Chapter 16. Responses to Comments on DEIS
Chapter 17. Changes During the NEPA Process

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