Decisionmaking Improvements and Alternatives

  • David VanderZwaag
  • Gordon Beanlands
  • Peter Duinker
  • Karen A. Massey
  • Alison Rieser
  • Judith Spiller
  • Robert A. Taylor
  • Peter Underwood
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 20)

Abstract

Academics who suggest improvements or alternatives to decisionmaking frameworks operate under the shadow of a practical reality. Environmental decisionmaking is a dynamic process involving complex interrelationships among public interest groups, scientists, project proponents, and government officials who advocate value positions at various decisionmaking levels — legislative and regulatory drafting, budgetary policymaking, federal permit processes, provincial or state licensing reviews, contract negotiations, and judicial proceedings. Thus, no suggested legal or administrative changes can guarantee smooth operation of decisionmaking in practice. Much depends on personal perceptions and a willingness of all parties to cooperate in reaching a resolution.

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Environmental Assessment Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Transboundary Pollution Environmental Impact Statement International Joint Commission 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David VanderZwaag
  • Gordon Beanlands
  • Peter Duinker
  • Karen A. Massey
  • Alison Rieser
  • Judith Spiller
  • Robert A. Taylor
  • Peter Underwood

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