Federal consistency study. DRAFT. Volume 1: Introduction and Experience with federal consistency: Statistics and case studies. Volume 2: Implementing the Federal Consistency Process: Comments on How the System Works.
U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
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The Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) requires that Federal agency activities impacting the coastal zone be conducted in a manner consistent with the federally approved coastal zone management programs. Section 307 of the CZMA establishes standards and procedures for consistency review of four basic types of activities: direct Federal agency activities, including development projects; federally licensed and permitted activities; Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) exploration, development and production plans; and Federal assistance to state and local governments. This study documents cases and identifies issues which have arisen during the history of the CZMA and compiles statistical data on activities reviewed during FY83. Limiting the review of statistical data to FY83 yields a representative sample based on the most recent information, provides an adequate sample size, and allows full inclusion of state programs approved in 1982. Statistically, there was no weighting of the responses for project size or impact. NOAA received information from affected Federal agencies, states with approved management programs, public interest groups and industry representatives, who responded to general public announcements and specific requests regarding NOAA's proposed Federal consistency rulemaking and this study.