Michele Straube, Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Wallace Stegner Center, published an article in the Summer 2015 issue of Natural Resources & Environment.
Co-authored by Jessica Clement, director of the Collaboration Program in Natural Resources at the Ruckelshaus Institute, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, the article examines various examples in which federal agencies have begun incorporating collaboration into the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) practices and exploring ways of making the NEPA process more efficient and effective.
The authors write that the “iterative approach to NEPA, or “iNEPA,” enables interested parties to engage more effectively in the decision-making process rather than merely as commenters on proposals and draft Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and EA documents. Rather than representing a document to be used only as a final agency decision, the EIS/EA analysis and development process can be used to allow the decision to evolve and improve incrementally. The EIS/EA can then be used as a tool to foster a collaborate and incremental decision-making process rather than an end in itself.”
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