FORTY MOST ASKED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
List of Preparers
27a. If a consultant is used in preparing an EIS, must the list of preparers
identify members of the consulting firm as well
as the agency NEPA staff uho were primarily responsible?
27b. Should agency staff involved in reviewing and editing the EIS also be included
in the list of preparers ?
- Section 1502.17 requires identification of the names and qualifications of persons
who were primarily responsible for preparing the
EIS or significant background papers, including basic components of the statement.
This means that members of a consulting firm
preparing material that is to become part of the EIS must be identified. The EIS
should identify these individuals even though the
consultant's contribution may have been modified by the agency.
27c. How much information should be included on each person listed?
Agency personnel who wrote basic components of the EIS or significant background papers
must, of course, be identified. The EIS
should also list the technical editors who reviewed or edited the statements.
- The list of preparers should normally not exceed two pages. Therefore, agencies
must determine which individuals had primarily
responsibility and need not identify individuals with minor involvement. The list
of preparers should include a very brief identification of
the individuals involved, their qualifications (expertise, professional disciplines)
and the specific portion of the EIS for which they are
responsible. This may be done in tabular form to cut down on length. A line or two
for each person's qualifications should be sufficient.