Texas Coastal Management Program: Siting industrial facilities on the Texas coast.
The purpose of this study is to analyze the ways in which industrial facilities are sited on the Texas coast and to make recommendations for improvements in the siting process. This study is mandated by the 1976 amendments to the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-583). This report includes: an introduction and statement of eleven findings; sections on the decision-making process of industry, the roles of the natural environment and the human environment, analysis of case studies, and review of problems and issues regarding the present siting process; a final section discusses the nine recommendations made; and supplementary information on existing and potential facilities, as well as a bibliography. An interesting point is made in the research approach section of the report -- that although the recommendations are aimed at state government, the perspective of all participants in the process should be considered in determining the effects of and acceptability of these recommendations.