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One of the major causes of the environmental decay which has occurred since the 1950s is the fast rate of industrial development in the years since the Second World War, often characterised by lack of planning and controls. This is the main reason for the development of the EIA (environmental impact assessment), a knowledge gathering process aimed at highlighting the environmental impact of a particular human activity and at identifying the measures needed to reduce and compensate for the negative aspects of this impact. The report describes the characteristic aspects of an EIA procedure, with reference to Directive 85/337/EEC: definition of works for which an EIA is required; definition of the EIS (environmental impact study); consultation with peripheral authorities; public participation; quality monitoring; assessment of the environmental safety of the project; the decision-making process; monitoring of the environmental impact during the construction and operation of the works.

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Authors: COLOMBO A G, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Corsa di Perfezionamento in VIA, Milano (IT), November 5, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 37214 ORA
Record Number: 199211458 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: it
Available languages: it
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