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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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Mark N. Goltz, PhD


This study investigated the application of National Environmental Policy Act NEPA requirements to Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act CERCLA actions. Similarities in the documentation and public participation requirements of NEPA and CERCLA include identification and evaluation of alternatives and public participation. Differences include document contents and timing of public participation. This study presented four options for ensuring NEPA compliance at CERCLA sites. Option one included a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement PEIS with subsequent combined FSEIS report for each subunit. Option two eliminated the PEIS, but retained a stand-alone NEPA document for each CERCLA subunit. Option three included a PEIS with a subsequent combined FSEIS report for each subunit. Option four eliminated the PEIS but retained a combined FSEIS report for each subunit. The model presented in this study can be used at any installation to determine the optimal approach for the site. The models goal is to comply with NEPA and CERCLA while maintaining a balance between cost, schedule, and public acceptance.

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