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Difference between issues and impacts

This solutions discusses the difference between issues and impacts and provides an explanation of the method used to track issues through an Environmental Impact Statetement (EIS) or Environmental Analysis (EA). It provides an explaination of tools used during the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) evaluation process that determines the level of an impact an issue may cause for projects that are being evaluating for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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An issue is what determines the scope of the NEPA analysis and associated documents (Reviewing NEPA Documents, P. 12). Working carefully with a single issue will allow the reviewer to become familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the entire Environmental Assessment (EA) of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Issues can be tracked with an EA/EIS ...

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This solution evaluates the difference between issues and impacts for NEPA compliance and discusses tools use to evaluate the level of impact an issue may have when evaluating a project for NEPA compliance. The solution discusses the link between an Environmental Assessment and an Environmental Impact Statement.