What is an Environmental Impact Statement? - Definition, Requirements & Example


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What is the U.S. environmental law that established a nationwide policy promoting the protection of the environment?

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1. You are involved in the construction of an airport. Federal agencies must prepare which of the following documents to meet NEPA requirements for this project?

2. Which of the following best describes an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your knowledge of an environmental impact statement (EIS) and its importance with these study materials. You will be quizzed on specific federal agencies and laws, as well as specific examples of times when an EIS is needed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • U.S. environmental law that was created to promote protection of the environment
  • Documents that federal agencies must prepare that concern the environment
  • Where federal agencies submit documents concerning the environment

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define vital federal environmental laws
  • Critical thinking - apply what you have learned about environmental impact statements to view the building of new structures in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the importance of environmental impact statements

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the lesson on What is an Environmental Impact Statement? - Definition, Requirements & Example. This lesson has the following objectives:

  • Understand what environmental impact statements are and why they are created
  • Explore the role of the federal government in environmental issues
  • Analyze the different environmental laws that have been passed