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environmental impact statement n: a technical report that details the effect proposed legislation or action will have on the natural and human environment and that is sometimes required to be furnished esp. by a governmental body (as an administrative agency or a municipality) for official and public review in the regulatory and decision-making process called also environmental impact report
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