A preliminary environmental assessment of the impact area, the likely impacts and the potential mitigation measures associated with a particular development.
The involvement of local government agencies and the general public in the production of an Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed project.
Analyzing alternative ways for conducting an evaluation. It is clarifying the validity of issues, the complexity of the assignment, the users of final reports, and the selection of team members to meet the needs of an evaluation. Scoping ends when a major go/no-go decision is made about whether to do the evaluation.
A process by which all relevant issues and concerns related to the proposed project or activity and assessment are identified and prioritized.
Part of the NEPA process to determine public opinion, receive comments and suggestions, and determine issues during the environmental analysis process. It may involve public meetings, telephone conversations, or letters.
An exercise involving the preliminary identification of the environmental issues surrounding a project that requires an assessment. Scoping should take place soon after the project has passed the Initial Review. Scoping identifies the potential impacts which are to be addressed in detail by the assessment. Scoping will usually initiate the public consultation/public participation process.
_ An early, open process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed and identifying the significant issues related to a proposed action.
Determining the range of proposed actions, alternatives, and impacts to be discussed in an EIS. The required scoping process provides agencies and the public opportunity to comment. Scoping is used to encourage cooperation and early resolutions of potential conflicts, to improve decisions, and to reduce paperwork and delay.
Examining and defining the issues, relevant to your particular task. Includes looking at what you are trying to achieve and with whom.
project development studies (often called "scoping" or "project definition"), which are intensive planning actions focused on evaluating a specific transportation problem and coming up with a clearly-defined project that effectively solves the problem.
Early consultation with federal and state agencies, and interested public to identify possible alternatives and the significant issues to be addressed in the EIS.
The scoping process is used to solicit public input on potential issues and whether there is a potential for significant adverse affects to the human environment from a proposed energy project, and identify the scope of the Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared.
A formal coordination process used to determine the scope of the project and the major issues likely to be related to the proposed action (i.e., project).
Procedures by which agencies determine the extent of analysis necessary for a proposed action, (i.e., the range of actions, alternatives, and impacts to be addressed; identification of significant issues related to a proposed action; and the depth of environmental analysis, data, and task assignments needed).
In CERCLA, scoping is the initial planning phase of the cleanup process, when requirements are discussed and the projects defined. In the NEPA process, scoping relates to public involvement to help identify significant issues early so that efforts can be focused on those areas requiring resolution and to present a balanced environmental impact statement.
Scoping requires that the USFS examine a proposed action and its possible effects, establish the depth of environmental analysis required, and determine the analysis procedures and data needed. If the public does not raise an issue at this point in NEPA the USFS will often claim later it was not raised during scoping to avoid the issue entirely. Usually there is a 30-day scoping comment period after release of the scoping statement.