NEPA and the Impact of the FAST Act: Navigating the New Permitting and Review Process

Leveraging Opportunities Under the National Environmental Policy Act Reforms

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Recorded event now available

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This CLE course will provide guidance to counsel on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process in light of the implementation of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). The panel will discuss the implications of the NEPA reforms and will provide best practices for operating under the new process.


The FAST Act, which President Obama signed Dec. 2015, includes reforms for the NEPA environmental review process with important implications for businesses. FAST Act provisions establish new obligations for federal agencies that are subject to NEPA compliance when processing permits, licenses, renewals, amendments and other federal approvals.

Businesses will particularly feel the impact of the changes in the arenas where the NEPA review process is delayed beyond the standard timelines provided by the agency. The reforms can minimize the sources of delay and provide more certainty in the review process.

The reforms also include substantive changes to NEPA documentation. Counsel must understand the types of projects that qualify for the new permitting requirements and what steps need to be followed to trigger the requirements to complete these complex reviews under NEPA.

Listen as our authoritative panel of practitioners discusses the FAST Act as it pertains to NEPA and the implications of the NEPA reforms and environmental review process. The panel will provide best practices for operating under the new requirements.



  1. FAST Act and implications of the NEPA reforms
  2. Impact on environmental review process
  3. Best practices for operating under the new requirements


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How can companies and counsel leverage the NEPA reforms?
  • What impact will the changes have on the environmental review process?
  • What best practices should counsel employ to ensure compliance under the new requirements?


Edward McTiernan
Edward McTiernan

Arnold & Porter

Mr. McTiernan focuses his practice on state and federal regulatory issues, including site remediation, natural resource...  |  Read More

Steven C. Russo
Steven C. Russo

Greenberg Traurig

Mr. Russo focuses his practice on environmental law and litigation, environmental permitting, National...  |  Read More

Jill Yung
Jill Yung

Of Counsel
Paul Hastings

Ms. Yung represents utility-scale solar developers, brownfields developers, hazardous waste handlers, recycling...  |  Read More

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