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Reviews for Small Developments
To the Editor:
Re Building Blocks, by Richard Ravitch and Hope Cohen (Op-Ed, Aug. 5), about the supposedly wasteful expense of environmental impact reviews for smaller developments:
Theres that human loophole in capitalism again.
The suggestion is that what makes sense to do, with a sound premise, shouldnt be bothered with because the delay in reviewing documents is a costly, unwarranted expense.
One example is given of required environmental analyses not finding any hazards. Wheres the logicespecially in the times we live inof claiming it isnt worth it to take the trouble for smaller projects? That if you dont find something out until after the fact of building, and have to undo it, or live with the damage, that thered be less to undoor less-valued people damaged?
Being overburdened with inefficient bureaucracy is a problem, but that theres a backlog in getting things done isnt a reason to not do whats intended. Its a reason to fix why things get backlogged.
It might even be sensible for more people to understand the process involved in doing the reviews, as more new building in these times and forward will be in locations of earlier eras, with whatever their residual toxic or problematic situations may be.
Margaret S. Dabney
©2007 The New York Times
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