,ternational Association .r Impact Assessment the last issue of the R e v i e w , w e an)unced that the International Associa3n for Impact Assessment was soon to :t underway. The association was ,rmally begun on January 6, 1981, hen it held its first meeting in Toron,, in conjunction with the annual meetg of the American Association for the dvancement of Science (AAAS). A ne member Board of Directors was ected. 'esident: Edward Wenk,Jr., Univerty of Washington Program in Social anagement of Technology 9esident-elect: Joseph F. Coates,J. F.
We encourage readers to s e n d i n f o r m a tion a b o u t organizations a n d publications t h a t s h o u l d be c o n s i d e r e d f o r coverage in f u t u r e " N e t w o r k s " s e c t i o n s o f the Review.
to all. There are already over 100 members, including professionals engaged in technology assessment, environmental impact assessment, social impact assessment, and risk assessment. Annual dues for regular voting members are $18. Student and institutional memberships are also available. The association intends to engage its members in a variety of activities to foster interchange of information. Presently its plans include the publication of a quarterly bulletin; annual m e e t i n g s - t h e 1982 annual meeting is to be held in J a n u a r y in Washington, D.C., again in conjunction with the AAAS annual meeting; and the sponsorship of sessions on impact assessment at other professional gatherings. To promote professional development, the association will foster networking through the bulletin, directories, and informal contacts. Professional quality assurance may entail review of assessments, research on the state of the art, evaluation/monitoring activities to follow up on impact assessment studies, and recommendations on best current practice.
3ates, Inc. "cretary: Alan L. Porter, Georgia Initute of Technology 9easurer: Frederick A. Rossini, Georgia stitute of Technology ;.rector: Barbara Farhar-Pilgrim, Solar aergy Research Institute irector: J o h n Holmfeld, Staff, Com9 For more information contact: ittee on Science and Technology, Alan Porter .S. House of Representatives Technology and Science Policy Program :.rector: Robert L. Stern, independent Georgia Institute of Technology ,nsuhant, Washington, D.C. Atlanta, Georgia 30332 9rector: Lawrence Susskind, MassachuPhone: (404) 894-3195 its Institute of Technology !rector: C. P. Wolf, University of inois-Urbana The association is a public, mprofit professional association open
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Spengler, Associate Professor, Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the Faculty Steering Committee of the EEPC.
The Energy and Environmental Policy Center (EEPC), which operates under the auspices of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, pro- For more information on the EEPC's vides opportunities for interdisciplinary activities contact: research on energy and environmental Energy and Environment Policy Center policy issues. Faculty and students from J o h n F. Kennedy School of Governthroughout the university study the ment social, health, scientific, economic, insti- Harvard University tutional, and technological implications 79 Boylston Street of alternative policies related to energy Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 and environment. Phone: (617) 495-1355 Areas in which research projects are being conducted include energy system modeling, coal development, regulatory policy, oil and natural gas pricing, energy and security, and energy Southwest Research and conservation and synthetic fuels. In Information Center addition, faculty and students are exam- The Southwest Research and Informaining the health effects of fossil fuels, tion Center (SRIC), a nonprofit organiinstitutional barriers to renewable zation over a decade old, concentrates energy options, the environmental on environmental and consumer issues implications of energy siting, as well as through the dissemination of informathe comparative economic and environ- tion, involvement in public reviews, and mental impacts of energy alternatives. the provision of technical and legal serResearch results in both methodological vices and education programs for community groups. The center's staff of 12 and applied studies. The EEPC publishes a series of includes attorneys, researchers, sciendiscussion papers on topics under study, tists, and writers. "Recently, the SRIC has given and a biannual publication, EEPC Report, which describes current activities particular attention to the issue of nuclear waste. An example of this attenat the center. tion was reflected in the SRIC's detailed Symposium Announced. The Winter review of the Final Environmental Im1981 EEPC Report announced, among pact Assessment Statement for the other upcoming events, the Interna- nation's first nuclear repository, the tional Symposium on Indoor Air Pollu- Waste Isolation Pilot Plant planned for tion, Health, and Energy Conservation. southeastern New Mexico. The center's The symposium, being held under EEPC detailed comments on the statement sponsorship, is scheduled for October found it inadequate for any of the pro13-16, 1981, at the University of posed purposes. In addition to maintaining an Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. Approximately 350 specialists on the extensive library, which includes slide indoor environment from business, shows on a variety of topics, the center government, and universities throughout produces four publications. Although the world will be invited. Research many of the SRIC's activities concenpapers presented will be published in a trate on the Southwest, their publicapeer-reviewed journal. The major or- tions address issues appropriate to a ganizer of this symposium is Dr. J o h n much wider audience. They publish
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two newsletters, Nuclear Waste News and Energy News, and two magazines. Mine Talk, the first issue of which is scheduled for April 1981, is described as "a magazine for people keeping track of the mining industry and government policy." Each 48-page, bimonthly issue will include such items as: state-by-state reports of mining activity, news and analysis of federal and state legislation, recent legal challenges, and useful publications and references. The Workbook, a full-indexed catalog of sources of information about environmental, social, and consumer problems, is published six times a year. Each issue contains reviews of books and publications, announcements of the current activities of the SRIC, as well as of other groups, and original feature articles. For more information on the SRIC's activities and their publications contact: Don Hancock 105 Stanford, S. E. P.O. Box 4524 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 Plaone: (505) 262-1862
NATO Advanced Study Institute on Environmental Impact Assessment We have received word that a NATO Advanced Study Institute on Environmental Impact Assessment is to be held from August 30 to September 12, 1981, near Toulouse, France. This institute is being held in response to the increasing use of EIA throughout the world to assess the likely impacts of proposed major development actions. Basic features, recent theoretical developments, and practical applications of EIA will be examined. Participants (approximately 70) will include scientists, academics, decision makers, and industrialists. Although lectures will be the main form of instruction, there will also be group discussion, workshops, and an EIA simulation exercise.
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Among the titles of lectures scheduled are: "EIA Procedures in Selected Countries: Convergence or Divergence?", "Monitoring Environmental Impacts," "Case Studies Showing How EIA Has Been Used," "Methods for EIA: Theory and Applications," and "EIA--The Relationship between the Decision Makers and the Environment Scientists." For more information on applications and costs contact one of the following directors: Brian Clark Ronald Bisset Paul Tomlinson Project Appraisal for Development Control Department of Geography University of Aberdeen Old Aberdeen AB9 2UF Aberdeen, Scotland Phone: (0224) 40241 Est. 355 Clark Ext. 6515 Bisset/Tomlinson
Environmental Assessment of Projects. Readers who have been following the development and response to the European Communities' draft directive on environmental assessment may want to note a publication we received recently from tile Select Committee on the European Communities of the U.K. House of Lords. The Select Committee's job is to consider Community proposals and report on those that raise important questions of policy or principle. In their l lth Report, this committee considers the EIA draft directive. Titled Environmental Assessment o f Projects this 166 page document, with minutes of evidence, includes a summary of the provisions of the directive, discussion of its
policy implications, the Select Committee's conclusions, and an appendix containing the text of the draft directive and its three annexes. This report is available from Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, United Kingdom. The price listed on the cover is s net.
Socioeconomic Mitigation Articles. Those readers interested in efforts to mitigate socioeconomic impacts of large energy development projects may find a series of articles by William C. Metz useful. Over the past five years, he has documented mitigation measures taken by energy developers in six general categories: transportation; housing; education; health, public safety, and recreation; and industry-community interaction. Selected articles include: 9 Worker/Vehicle Ratios at Major Eastern Power Plant Construction Sites: A Time of Change. Accepted for publication in Traffic Quarterly, July 1981. 9 The Mitigation of Socioeconomic Impact in the Electric Utility Industry. Public Utilities Fortnightly, September 11, 1980. 9 Socioeconomic Impact Management in the Western Energy Industry. In
Environmental Conflict Resolution. A n y b o d y involved in environmental mediation will be interested in the Winter 1981 issue of Environmental Consensus, the newsletter of RESOLVE, Center for Environmental Conflict. Almost the entire issue is devoted to an article titled, Environmental Conflict Resolution: Practitioners' Perspective of an Emerging Field, by Howard Bellman, Gail Bingham, Ronnie Brooks, Susan Carpenter, Peter Clark, and Robert Craig. The authors are all third party intervenors who assist in the resolution of environmental disputes. The article grew out of an effort sponsored by the Ford Foundation to cxplore whether diverse environmental conflict resolution techniques can become a "field." As reported in the third issue of the Review, RESOLVE has merged with The Conservation Foundation, so those who would like copies of the Winter 1981 Environmental Consensus should write Gail Bingham at The Conservation Foundation, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20036.
Proceedings of the Institute o f Environmental Sciences, Mt. Prospect, Illinois, January 1979. 9 Energy Industry Uses of Socioeconomic Impact Management. In Proceed-
ings of the Energy and the Ecosystem Conference, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, J u n e 1978. 9 Residential Aspects of Coal Development. Presented at the American Institute of Planners Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, October 10-12, 1977. For more information contact: William C. Metz, Division of Regional Studies, Building 475, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York 11973 Phone: (516) 282-2669
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