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dimanche 15 septembre 2013


The Environment Protection Agency launched recently an interactive web-based mapping tool that gives users access and information on Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) filed with EPA for major projects proposed on federal lands and other proposed federal actions.

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Under the National Environment Policy Act, Federal agencies in the United States are required to prepare a detailed EIS, as well as information on the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of their proposed projects, which are then made available for public review and comment.

The mapping tool, which is powered by cutting-edge mapping technology from Esri, allows users to click on any state for a list of filed EIS since 2004.

“This interactive tool makes it easier for the public to be informed about the environment around them,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

Furthermore, users can also access comments and letters submitted by EPA on the EIS within the last 60 days. The tool also provides users with the information they need to identify projects with open comment periods, including how to submit comments.

According to Giles, the new mapping tool is part of EPA’s commitment to use advanced information technologies to increase the transparency of its enforcement and compliance programmes.

“Major projects and decisions have the potential to affect the environment where you work and live. I encourage everyone to check out the tool, stay informed and lend your voice,” she said.

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