When developing EA and EIS project documentation, many authors have taken the "more is better" approach to ensure all areas have been documented to the fullest extent possible. This has resulted in rather lengthy and detailed NEPA documentation when it may be possible to ensure environmental protection and accomplish the same decision-making process with briefer, more focused NEPA discussion. The objective of this study is to research the nationwide experiences regarding NEPA data needs to develop a better understanding of the optimum and appropriate level of documentation needed to make a decision.
Completed; Agency Final Report ( 579 KB, 52 pp.) available in Adobe PDF