Pew National Environmental Protection Act (ASUF 30007139)

Project: Research project

Project Details


Pew National Environmental Protection Act (ASUF 30007139) Pew National Environmental Protection Act Approach Outline: One of the understudied components of prior research on HIA laws and policies relates to the extensive law and policy support for enhanced use of HIAs via the federal National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) (and 16 or more state equivalents). Despite support for including strong health components within mandatory environmental impact assessments, infusion of HIAs into these assessments is piecemeal at best across the nation. This 2-stage project is designed to uncover and analyze paths and approaches to imbed HIAs into NEPA-required assessments. These stages, conducted simultaneously, are explained further below: Stage 1: Led by the Network - Western Region Office, we will collaborate with colleagues at the Pew Charitable Trusts, ASTHO, and others, to assess federal and state laws which may provide key legal support for infusing HIAs into environmental assessments of projects with corollary health implications. Relevant federal and state laws will be generated using specific search terms and parameters utilizing available legal search engines (e.g., Westlaw, LexisNexis) to produce a comprehensive inventory of laws and policies. Identified laws and policies will be assessed to determine how HIAs legally fit with environmental assessments at relevant stages. Comprehensive research results will be organized, tabulated, and analyzed in a report that explains key legal findings and themes. Stage 2: Led by ASTHO and its consultants, we will work with state- and local-based contacts to conduct a series of 5 case studies in select jurisdictions. These case studies will assess public health outcomes of appropriately-conducted, timely HIAs in key environmental projects (supported or authorized legally as discussed in Stage 1). The primary objective of this project is to demonstrate potential or actual public health and environmental benefits of incorporating HIAs early in the life of such projects. As detailed in a thorough report to the PEW Charitable Trusts, these case studies will examine qualitative and quantitative data to ascertain public health impacts of timely performance of HIAs within environmental assessments
Effective start/end date4/15/161/18/17


  • Pew Charitable Trusts DC: $139,000.00


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