Quality of environment statements held back by poor "scoping"

The quality of environmental statements (ESs) has shown some improvement since 1991, according to a study for the Department of the Environment (DoE).1 But over half of recent ESs failed to meet all the legal requirements, and only one-third met good practice standards. Inadequate "scoping" of potential impacts in the preparation of ESs remains a major problem - an issue which the DoE will be under pressure to address when it implements new EC legislation on environmental assessment.

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