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Interest in environmental impact assessment (EIA) has greatly increased in Europe recently, due in part to the newly promulgated European directives and national laws in the field of environmental protection. The aim of this book, which is based on papers presented at a Eurocourse in 1991, is to present methods and approaches which make the global cognitive process dealing with EIA efficient and transparent. The current state of implementation of the directives is discussed, and the Dutch environmental zoning project is referred to. EIA approaches and techniques are described, with Danish experiences, environmental planning in the Ruhr area, and pollution abatement in oil refineries and inorganic chemical industries as illustrations. A decision support system is also presented. Fundamental problems related to environmental indicators and measurement scale are investigated and the assessment of air, surface water, ground water and soil quality indicators and indices, is discussed. Ecotoxicological risk indicators for environmental chemicals and industrial plant risk indicators are dealt with and the economical and sociological dimensions of EIA are discussed.

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Authors: COLOMBO A G (EDITOR), JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14206 EN (1992) 334 pp.
Availability: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, P.O. Box 322, 3300 AH Dordrecht (NL)
ISBN: ISBN 0-7923-1589-8
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