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About the Advanced NEPA Workshop

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The target audience for this workshop would include experienced NEPA planners, managers, decision-makers, environmental engineers/scientists/ specialists, consultants, regulators, applicants, and attorneys. It is the perfect opportunity for those who require an in-depth understanding of NEPA law, policy, and project management within their area of environmental expertise. Especially those who serve on NEPA interdisciplinary teams, work with NEPA planners, or those who review/edit NEPA documents. This workshop will also benefit those professionals who work in related natural resource disciplines, with federal land management, real estate transactions, federal agency projects or permitting, transportation, or other infrastructure projects with a NEPA review component.

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About the NEPA Essentials Workshop

This workshop will cover National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) basics, including policies, procedures, and environmental documents necessary for successful compliance. It is primarily designed for new and midlevel NEPA practitioners and will inform agency staff, consultants, regulators, applicants, and other interested professionals about best NEPA practices. NEPA is a far-reaching law that applies to virtually all U.S. federal agencies and most activities that affect the environment. Many state, local, and private undertakings must be evaluated pursuant to NEPA if they receive federal funding, require federal permits, or would take place on federal land. The key to successfully implementing NEPA is attaining a working knowledge of the regulations, legal interpretations, and typical federal agency practices. This workshop will cover all of these aspects of NEPA. Workshop topics include:

  • NEPA’s legal and regulatory framework
  • Determining whether NEPA applies to a proposed action
  • Key steps in the NEPA environmental review process
  • Determining which type of NEPA document to prepare
  • Scoping for NEPA analyses
  • Successful integration of NEPA with other environmental laws
  • Direct, indirect, and cumulative impact analysis
  • Determining significance of impacts
  • Developing and evaluating a reasonable range of alternatives
  • Writing adequate and feasible mitigation measures
  • Legal adequacy of NEPA documents and NEPA case law

Meet the Instructors

Thank you to our NEPA Workshop Committee!

Marie Campbell, Michael Drummond, Pam Hudson, Lisa Mahoney, Chuck Nicholson, Michelle Rau, Michael Smith, Laura Thorne, and Fred Wagner 

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Pricing

Workshop Prices

  • NAEP Member / Government NAEP Member: $275
  • Chapter Member Only / Non-Member Government: $325
  • Non-Member: $375

NEPA Workshop Session Outline

For a general overview of what will be covered in each workshop, please see the sample agenda below. Topic orders/timeframe for each workshop will vary pending speaker availability and will be sent out in the Know Before You Go email. The time will be the same for each workshop and will correspond to the time zone for each workshop. 

*Session outline subject to change based on speaker availability. 

Advanced NEPA Workshop Outline

Session

Time

Morning

 

Introduction by Moderator

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Topic 1: Agency to Agency and Tribal Consultation

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Break

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Topic 2: Best Practices for EIS and EA Timelines

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM 

Break

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Topic 3: Integration of Section 106 Consultation

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Lunch

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Afternoon

 

Topic 4: Integration of Section 404 Compliance/Permitting Requirements

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Break

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Topic 5: Integration of Section 7 Consultation 

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM 

Break

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Topic 6: Programmatic EIS and EAs 

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 

Evaluation

 4:30 PM 

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Essentials NEPA Workshop Outline

Session

Time

Morning

 

Introduction by Moderator

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Topic 1: NEPA Overview and Three-step Process

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Break

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Topic 2: Related Statutes/Guidance Environmental Justice, Section 4(f), Section 106, Section 7, Sections 404/408, GHG

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM 

Break

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Topic 3: Essential Components of Purpose and Need Statement

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Lunch

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Afternoon

 

Topic 4: Information Requirements to Characterize the Affected Environment

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Break

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Topic 5: Preparing Defensible Categorical Exclusions 

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM 

Break

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Topic 6: Exceptions to Use of Categorical Exclusions

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 

Evaluation

 4:30 PM 

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Workshop Materials

Thank you to all who attended our 2023 Advanced NEPA Workshop Series!

Presentation recordings are available for all workshop attendees throughout the 2023 year.

2023 Workshop Materials
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