Problems with the Environmental Impact
|Source: Adapted from Brown, L. and McDonald, G. (1995) From Environmental
Impact Assessment to Environmental Design and Planning, Australian
Journal of Environmental Management, 2 (2).
- Ineffective in terms of the net improvements to environmental
- Procedurally inefficient with excessive costs and delays
- Based on inadequate scientific validity, particularly
in terms of prediction and evaluation of project-induced changes
- Reactive, rather than being anticipatory, preventive
and proactive on proposals
- Unsuited to dealing with cumulative effects of activities
- Often inadequate in terms of public involvement in
the process and not seen to be independent
- The focus of the process on one EIS precludes consideration
of the cumulative effect of past and future planning decisions.