The environmental impact of all federally related construction work will soon come under close government scrutiny before necessary approvals are granted, according to a leading environmental specialist, John M. Heckard of Dames and Moore, a consulting engineering firm specializing in applied earth sciences.
‘Companies should be aware that what is happening now in the nuclear power field will soon be common for general industry,’ said Heckard. ‘The Atomic Energy Commission requires that facilities under its jurisdiction submit Environmental Reports measuring their environmental impact before granting them necessary permits. But AEC is only the first government agency to implement ERs under the National Environmental Policy Act. Other federal agencies will call for similar reports for every construction effort involving federal funds, licenses, or public lands,’ Heckard said.