Environmental Impact Statement Format

(For commercial development groups only)

An actual environmental impact statement (EIS) may come in many forms. This easy-to-use version is similar to the ones used by the U.S. Department of Energy. The town council may want you to work harder on some parts of this statement than others, so be sure to check for specific instructions from your teacher.

The EIS must be submitted as a formal report with appropriate documentation of facts and compelling content. There are specific criteria on the assessment rubric that apply to your EIS. An EIS must specify BOTH the underlying purpose (reason) for the action (developing the 40-acre site), AND the specific need to which the action is responding. WHY is this development necessary? What else could you consider that would lessen the environmental impact? An EIS is always objective, but, certainly, will focus upon facts that will benefit the cause. Below are six questions that must be answered completely and accurately in your EIS. Your counterparts on the Prairie Advisory Committee (PAC) will be working hard to promote maintaining the natural prairie in their biological assessment (BA).

Since some of these questions, predictions and information may take a significant amount of work, your team may decide to divide the tasks. Plan time to peer edit and support one another prior to the due date of your EIS! Make a master list of tasks and assignments so that all of your team is aware of the work in progress!

Items to be Covered in the EIS:

1. Provide a detailed description of your company's development. What will you do, and how will you do it?

2. Describe reasonable alternatives. Be creative! Remember, doing nothing IS an alternative. You will not win the bidding war OR save the prairie, however!! (And, if you check the rubrics, you will see that you may not earn many points!)

3. Predict the human health effects of your development and the alternatives.

4. Is there an impact on transportation such as transfer of hazardous waste?

5. Does the development and the alternatives comply with other regulations? What laws "on the books" need to be considered?

6. List persons and/or agencies you consulted. (CAREFULLY note URLs using the documentation format.)