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The European Commission Joint Research Centre at Ispra was requested by the Directorate General for Environment, Nuclear Safety and Civil Protection (DG XI) to undertake a study to identify the common approaches and the main differences used in EU Member States when undertaking an Environmental Impact Study (EIS). To undertake this study, an EIS for an incinerator, a landfill and a chemical treatment installation was requested from each of the Member States. In total 33 EISs were collected, of which 28 EISs are considered in this study. An identification form, which summarizes the main information, was produced for each EIS collected. An individual report, which undertakes an in-depth analysis, was produced for each EIS considered in the study. This Final Report provides a comparative analysis of the individual reports in order to illustrate the common approaches and main differences within the EISs. The study outlines recommendations for the improvement of EISs relating to the following points: environmental factors, environmental indicators, baseline survey, impact prediction methods, uncertainty analysis, evaluation criteria, risk assessment and the structure and content of the EIS.

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Authors: COLOMBO A G, JRC Ispra (IT);ARTOLA A, JRC Ispra (IT);GERVASI C, JRC Ispra (IT);HAQ G, JRC Ispra (IT);MELAKI I, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16389 EN (1996) 200pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
Record Number: 199611365 / Last updated on: 1996-12-04
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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