Cumulative Analysis and the NEPA Process

Cumulative analysis requirements should first be considered when scoping is initiated. At that time, the spatial and temporal boundaries of the analysis should be established, and the activities that will be addressed in the cumulative analysis should be identified.

Once the scope of the EIS has been determined, a description of the affected environment should be prepared prior to conducting the environmental analysis. The description should encompass all resources, ecosystems, and human communities that will be considered in the cumulative analysis.

The cumulative analysis is conducted after the analysis of the proposal and examines the cause-and-effect relationships between multiple actions and the affected resources and habitats.

For more information, contact James F. Bennett.