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Topsoil stripping will be discontinued during periods of high winds. • • • coffer dams to isolate abutments during construction Using industry best management practices for explo sive use, to reduce potential effects of nitrogen residues on quarried rock Ensure appropriate spill response equipment is on site during all projects, provide adequate spill response training, and ensure that immediate spill response takes place if an incident occurs In case of rivers which froze: complete construction of abutments during winter conditions, maximizing con struction during frozen river conditions Minimizing right of way width and the extent of new clearing where possible Salving and replacing the surface soil to support suc cessful revegetation.

London: Longman. V. All rights reserved. Introduction Structure and Scope of Matters Addressed in an EIS EIS Scope for Two Categories of Engineering Projects Conclusion Further Reading Introduction • develop and assess measures to avoid or minimize those impacts if it is decided to carry out the activity. Environmental impact assessment (EIA) was developed as a tool to minimize negative impact of human activities on the environment. The purpose of the environmental impact assessment is to • assess the impact of a proposed activity on the envi ronment before making the decision on whether to carry it out, and EIA can be defined as a process of collecting information about environmental impacts of a proposed project and consequent relevant decision making.

Despite the appeal of quantitative techniques through their ability to provide numerical evidence to support impact assessment they have many weaknesses such as their complexity and can be easily manipulated by changing assumption underly ing the model. In terms of assessing direct and cumulative aspects as well as impact interactions, quantitative tech niques can be used to identify impact relationships but only the relevant parameters are known and included in the model. Moreover, these techniques reduce environ mental components to discrete units, often losing a great deal of information in translation to numerical form.

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