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Title: Incorporating social concerns in environmental impact assessments

Social impact assessments most often focus on the population-driven impacts of projects. Such impacts may be insignificant when compared with social structural impacts of complex, controversial projects. This set of impacts includes social disruption, social group formation, and stigma effects. The National Environmental Policy Act does not explicitly call for assessment of, and assessors often are reluctant to address, these complex issues. This paper discusses why such impacts are critical to assess and gives examples of how they have been incorporated into environmental assessment documents. 6 refs.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7160371
Report Number(s):
CONF-9003123-1
ON: DE90009231
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 1990 international meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, York (UK), 28 Mar - 1 Apr 1990
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE/ER
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT; IMPLEMENTATION; SOCIAL IMPACT; DECISION MAKING; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; PUBLIC OPINION; REGULATIONS; DOCUMENT TYPES; LAWS 290200* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Economics & Sociology; 290300 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Environment, Health, & Safety