The National Environmental Policy Act

The National Environmental Policy Act

An Agenda for the Future
Caldwell, Lynton Keith
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/22/1999
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-33444-2
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The National Environmental Policy Act has grown more, not less, important in the decades since its enactment. No one knows more about NEPA than Lynton Caldwell. And no one has a clearer vision of its relevance to our future. Highly recommended." —David W. Orr, Oberlin College

What has been achieved since the National Environmental Policy Act was passed in 1969? This book points out where and how NEPA has affected national environmental policy and where and why its intent has been frustrated. The roles of Congress, the President, and the courts in the implementation of NEPA are analyzed. Professor Caldwell also looks at the conflicted state of public opinion regarding the environment and conjectures as to what must be done in order to develop a coherent and sustained policy.

Author Bio

Lynton Keith Caldwell is Arthur F. Bentley Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, active in environmental and science policy research. He is noted as one of the principal architects of the National Environment Policy Act of 1969 and an "initiator" of the environmental impact statement. He has published more than 250 articles and monographs and twelve books, including In Defense of the Earth (Indiana University Press, 1972).

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Table of Contents

1. Environment: Values and Perceptions
2. NEPA: Enactment and Interpretation
3. Environmental Impact Assessment
4. Integrating Environmental Policy
5. International Environmental Policy
6. NEPA and the Global Environment
7. Future Directions: Beyond NEPA
Notes and References
Appendix: The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969