ADLib Glossary (E)

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Environmental Impact, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Statements & Environmental Performance

Environmental Impact

Any alteration of environmental conditions or creation of new conditions, adverse or beneficial, caused or induced by the action or actions under consideration. The total effect of any operation on the environment.

Primary impacts are those which can be directly attributed to the proposed action such as increased soil erosion due to the loss of vegetation if a proposed building involves the loss of trees and hedgerows.

Secondary impacts are those which are indirect or induced changes - such as the possibility of increased sediments in rivers and loss of aquatic life, caused by increased soil erosion due to the loss of vegetation if a proposed building involves the loss of trees and hedgerows.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

A formal assessment of the total environmental impact of a proposed project, process, product or development. They are a legal requirement for the planning of many larger specific projects.

Environmental Statements

On seeking planning permission from County or District Councils business (including farms) may need to include an Environmental Statement with their application in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1994. The purpose of such a statement is to:

evaluate the need for the proposed development, site selection and

to assess the environmental impact of the construction, operation and restoration of the development and its site, in particular to identify any adverse environmental impacts.

Such assessments should be prepared following general guidelines laid out in 'Environmental Assessment, a Guide to the Procedures' published by the Department of the Environment and the Welsh Office ( HMSO 1989).

Environmental Performance

Environmental performance is assessed with respect to an individuals effort in reducing the overall pollution burden and managing natural resources within their locality.

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