The review states that the DEIS does not embody the best available science on socioeconomic impacts. This review identified major short-comings of this section and concludes that “the methods used … do not follow accepted economic impact analysis practice.” The review also noted: “Economic impacts are assessed using qualitative judgments instead of quantitative measurements leading to unsubstantiated inferences and interpretations of impacts that are difficult to judge reasonable.” The committee agrees with the review and also finds the section on socioeconomic impacts seriously deficient (see Chapter 3).

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