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The passage of the National Environmental Policy Act in 1970 required federal agencies to assess the effect changes they proposed could have on environmental resources.

David A. Clary overviews the law and how it affects cultural organizations and historical societies. He also overviews relevant legislation concerning cultural resources to better educate those involved with the review of environmental impact statements.

The author focuses on the procedures of environmental impact statements as a way for history organizations to monitor concerns about resources and the cost their activities may have on the environment.

Clary explains what environmental impact statements are, how they are reviewed, and the need for early intervention to circumvent court action.

Technical Leaflet #8 (1973)