The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) may prove to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it may be of great importance in managing the environment by providing a stimulus to organized, multi-disciplinary research. On the other hand, NEPA opens the door to decisions made with misplaced concreteness and, more importantly, to the false justification of decisions motivated by political concerns and bureaucratic vested interests. The adequacy of the theoretical, data bank, and mathematical underpinnings of the impact studies, and the institutional responses to using and to evaluating the projected environmental impacts are analyzed in the context of the Suburban Action Institute proposal to construct moderate and low income housing in Mahwah, New Jersey.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Urban Studies