Charles P. Nicholson, PhD
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Chuck has over 38 years of professional experience in natural resources management and environmental impact assessment.  He is a Senior NEPA Compliance Specialist at the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He has managed and/or participated in the preparation of numerous environmental assessments and environmental impact statements on a variety of actions including natural resource management, land use planning, reservoir operations, dam safety improvements, shoreline development permitting, transmission line construction, and power plant construction and upgrades.  In recent years he has focused more on NEPA policy and strategy, programmatic and strategic NEPA reviews of long-range energy resource and natural resource management planning, and NEPA reviews of renewable energy generating facilities.  He also serves as TVA’s NEPA liaison to the Council on Environmental Quality. He began his career as a field biologist conducting wildlife and endangered species surveys. His involvement as a subject matter expert for NEPA documents gradually increased and he has focused on NEPA compliance since the mid-1990s.  

Chuck has been an NAEP member for a decade and has attended most annual meetings during that period.  He has been an active member of the NAEP NEPA Practice group and recently became its chair.  He is also an active member of the recently formed Tennessee NAEP chapter.   

Chuck joined NAEP to advance his professional development.  His strong dedication to public service has led him to become more actively involved with NAEP.  He believes NAEP should continue its efforts to increase services to members, particularly in those areas that are not the focus of other professional environmental organizations, particularly cross-disciplinary topics, including NEPA.  Member services of particular interest to him include the environmental policy committee – NEPA Practice and NAEP publications. He also encourages all members to become more active participants in the numerous NAEP activities.