EPA and Recent Environmental Justice Developments: NEPA, Changing State Laws, Title VI
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will guide environmental counsel on the impact of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), its recent amendments, applicable state law changes, and the recent role of courts. The panel will also examine environmental justice (EJ) trends, applicability of Title VI, establishment of the new EJ office, EPA's Office of General Counsel (OGC) new guidance, the updated EPA EJSCREEN mapping tool, and best practices for addressing environmental disparities with proposed projects and facilities.
- Overview of NEPA and recent amendments
- NEPA's policies and procedures
- NEPA and case law
- EJ recent developments and trends
- State laws and EJ
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act
- New EJ national office
- EPA's OGC guidance
- Updated EJSCREEN mapping tool
- Remedies and best practices
The panel will examine these and other key issues:
- What is the scope of NEPA and recent amendments?
- How do changing state laws and court decisions provide new avenues for EJ claims?
- What steps can counsel take to assist their clients with EJ best practices in moving projects forward?
Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming
Ms. Fleming advises a wide variety of business, institutional and organizational clients on all aspects of... | Read More
Ms. Fleming advises a wide variety of business, institutional and organizational clients on all aspects of environmental policy, government relations, compliance planning, incident response, subsequent enforcement and litigation matters and special investigations for private and municipal clients. She also advises clients on environment, social and governance (ESG) issues and the impacts climate change can have on business operations. Ms. Fleming spent more than 20 years in the public sector, serving as both an elected and appointed official at the state and local levels, as well as in various branches of the federal government. She served as Principal Legal Advisor (General Counsel) for Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and as Chief of Staff to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the Obama Administration. In addition, Ms. Fleming served as the EPA Region 4 (Southeastern Region) Regional Administrator (RA), where she was responsible for establishing and implementing environmental policy, including the principals of environmental justice for eight southeastern states and six federally recognized tribes. Ms. Fleming finalized the Region's Environmental Justice (EJ) Policy (previously stagnated for 10 years), instituted regular environmental justice information sessions with state partners and communities, and created a Regional EJ Interagency Working Group with other federal agencies to strategically and comprehensively address community concerns. Ms. Fleming also instituted the Colleges and Underserved Community Partnership Program (CUPP) which partnered college students with senior federal staff to provide much needed environmental, health and technical services to some of the poorest jurisdictions in their region.Close
Stephanie Bergeron Perdue
Ms. Perdue focuses her practice on environmental law, advising clients on matters spanning a wide variety of media,... | Read More
Ms. Perdue focuses her practice on environmental law, advising clients on matters spanning a wide variety of media, including water quality and water rights, air quality and other natural resources issues. She brings two decades of agency experience to her practice from her time spent with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, most recently serving as its Deputy Executive Director. During her time with the agency Ms. Perdue worked on a diverse set of issues including the National Ambient Air Quality Standards/State Implementation Plan development, NSR Air Permitting, TPDES water quality permitting and RCRA hazardous waste issues.Close
Nicholas W. Targ
Holland & Knight
Mr. Targ has more than 20 years of experience assisting clients in the public and private sectors in efficiently... | Read More
Mr. Targ has more than 20 years of experience assisting clients in the public and private sectors in efficiently achieving their land use, environmental and policy goals. He Co-Chairs the firm’s national environmental team. Mr. Targ's practice focuses on complex redevelopment projects, environmental compliance and government advocacy. His representative work includes strategic legal advice on brownfields redevelopment, Superfund compliance, and state and federal grant and policy advocacy. Mr. Targ has successfully advocated for infill funding and policy initiatives on behalf of public, private and nonprofit coalition clients. Before joining firm, Mr. Targ served in leadership positions with the U.S. EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance, including Counsel and Associate Director to the Office of Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C.Close
Taft Stettinius & Hollister
Mr. Sweet’s practice is focused on environmental law, including litigation. He has experience working closely... | Read More
Mr. Sweet’s practice is focused on environmental law, including litigation. He has experience working closely with clients to obtain optimal results and recognizes when settlement is preferable to litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sweet worked as the Deputy Attorney General at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in the Administration and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation Section. During this time, he handled joint state and federal enforcement cases against Fortune 500 companies, coordinated closely with state and federal agencies, including elected officials, and managed a high volume of cases.Close