Every Federal agency is required to comply with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) when they propose to conduct a “Federal action.” The NEPA process is designed to achieve three fundamental, primary goals: (1) Consider environmental values in agency decision-making (comply with the NEPA, CEQ Regulations, and Federal agency NEPA implementing regulations) and allow for informed decisions, cognizant of potential environmental effects (and, where at all possible, minimize effects); (2) Solicit, obtain, and consider information from the Public (including regulatory agencies); and (3) Provide written data to the public and decision-maker, in plain language, prior to making the decision.
This two-day course is specifically designed to provide participants (with any level of prior NEPA experience) with critical, high-level information, necessary to understand and implement the NEPA process effectively and efficiently for their agency. Upon successful completion of this course, each participant will have a strong working knowledge of the foundation of the NEPA, as well as a thorough understanding of how to complete a NEPA process legally, effectively, and efficiently – adding real value to their agency and furthering their professional career.
You will Learn:
Foundation of NEPA – Background and Regulations (What is the NEPA?)
Integrating the NEPA Process into Agency Decision-Making
The Three Levels of the NEPA – Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments, and Environmental Impact Statements (What are the Triggers and Requirements of Each Level?)
Developing the DOPAA (Description of Proposed Action and Alternatives) and Scoping Process
Documenting the Affected Environment
Conducting Environmental Impact Analyses and Documenting Environmental Consequences
Other Tips and Techniques for a Successful NEPA Process