Environmental impact statements shall be clearly written in a brief and concise manner and shall be capable of being read and understood by the public. Such statements should deal only with the specific significant environmental impacts which can be reasonably anticipated. They need not contain more detail than is appropriate for considering the nature and magnitude of the proposed action, the significance of its potential impacts and the existing resources and capability of the agency responsible for the statement.
All draft and final environmental impact statements shall be preceded by a cover sheet, indicating:
Whether it is a draft or final statement.
The name or other descriptive title of the action.
The location of the action.
The name and address of the local agency which required its preparation.
The name and telephone number of a person at the local agency to be contacted for further information.
Identification of individuals or organizations which prepared any portion of the statement.
The date of completion.
If a draft or final environmental impact statement exceeds 10 pages in length, it shall have a table of contents following the cover sheet.
The body of all draft and final environmental impact statements shall at least contain the following:
A description of the proposed action and its environmental setting.
A statement of the environmental impact of the proposed action, including any short- and long-term effects, and typical associated environmental effects.
An identification of any adverse environmental effects which cannot be avoided if the proposed action is implemented.
A discussion of alternatives to the proposed action and the comparable impact and effects of such alternatives.
An identification of any irreversible and irretrievable commitment of resources which would be involved in the proposed action should it be implemented.
A description of mitigation measures proposed to minimize the adverse environmental impacts.
A description of any growth-inducing aspects of the proposed action.
A discussion of the effects of the proposed action on the use and conservation of energy.
A list of any underlying studies, reports and other information obtained and considered by the agency in preparing the statement.
For a final impact statement only, copies or a summary of the substantive comments received in response to the draft environmental impact statement and the agency's response to such comments.
An environmental impact statement may incorporate, by reference, all or portions of other documents which contain information relevant to the statement. The referenced document shall be made available to the public in the same places where the agency makes available copies of the statement. When a statement uses incorporation by reference, the referenced document shall be briefly described and its date of preparation provided.