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Executive Overview on How to Comply with the Environmental Permitting and Review Requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (EGY518E)

Presented by: Michael D. Smith
 
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Pre Recorded Webinar
60 minutes
  •  Tue, May 22, 2018
Event Description

Complying with the Key Requirements of NEPA and the Related Regulatory Requirements

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is the cornerstone for environmental protection in the United States, and is often referred to as the “Magna Carta” of environmental law in the U.S. To implement NEPA, federal agencies must prepare environmental impact assessments to study the impacts of their proposed actions. In addition, many private sector actions fall under NEPA due to a federal connection such as a required permit approval or federal funding. More than 40 years after the passage of NEPA, there remains much confusion about how to properly comply with NEPA, and there is a substantial amount of litigation in federal courts involving the adequacy of NEPA compliance by the federal agencies. Many federal agency and private sector actions are delayed substantially by poor NEPA compliance.

Join this session, where Michael D. Smith, who is one of the nation’s leading NEPA experts and a long-time consultant to federal agencies and industry, will give you the insights you need to understand the key compliance requirements of this law and related regulations. You will learn how best to navigate the NEPA process to assure proper compliance and avoid costly project delays. Smith will provide an overview of the key compliance requirements of NEPA, and will describe the key strategies for complying with the law in an efficient and defensible manner.

You will get a complete overview of the NEPA impact assessment process, along with the effective strategies for best complying with the statute, implementing regulations, and relevant federal court decisions.

After attending this session, you will be able to understand the key requirements of NEPA and related regulatory requirements. You will be able identify the key pitfalls to poor NEPA compliance. You will also gain an understanding of how NEPA fits in the overall federal government decision-making process. Further, you will understand how private sector actions can fall under NEPA review.

Session Highlights

This session will cover:

  • The NEPA Statute and CEQ implementing regulations.
  • The important role of the federal courts in the NEPA process.
  • How to prepare defensible NEPA analyses?
  • How to select the appropriate level of NEPA documentation?
  • How to determine the significance of impacts?
  • How to develop a reasonable range of alternatives?
  • How to identify the proper scope of analysis?
  • Effective public involvement strategies.
  • How best to analyze and document direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts?
  • How best to respond to recent administrative and legislative initiatives targeting increasing the efficiency of the NEPA process?

Who Should Attend

  • Federal, state, and local agency representatives
  • Environmental consultants
  • Scientists
  • Engineers
  • Educators
  • Attorneys
  • The publics
  • NGO group representatives
  • Energy resource managers
  • Energy planners
  • Individuals in the renewable energy industry
  • Individuals in the transportation planning and permitting sector
About Our Speaker(s)

Michael D. Smith
Michael D. Smith is a nationally-recognized leader in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance with over 25 years’ experience in project and program management, technical analysis, policy development, and training/education for a wide range of public and priv... More info

 
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