NEPA Documentation: Latest Council on Environmental Quality Guidance

Leveraging Mitigation Measures to Meet NEPA Requirements; Expediting Federal Agency Reviews

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


Conducted on Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide counsel to companies involved in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) approval process with best practices for operating under the latest NEPA guidance from the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

Description

The CEQ’s early 2011 guidance regarding mitigation under NEPA has recently been “improved” by new draft guidance. The guidance is intended to modernize, reinvigorate, facilitate and increase increase the transparency of NEPA implementation, and expedite the environmental review process.

The guidance addresses federal agencies’ commitments to and monitoring of mitigation plans, and it also provides advice as to how agencies can expedite the process for preparing efficient and timely environmental reviews under NEPA.

Counsel to companies involved in the NEPA approval process must understand how the federal agencies will now seek to ensure mitigation plans are carried out under NEPA. Counsel can assist in expediting the NEPA documentation and approval process.

Listen as our authoritative panel of environmental attorneys explains NEPA mitigation and monitoring guidance and new expedited environmental review process guidance, and offers strategies for operating under the guidance to ensure NEPA compliance.

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Outline

  1. Mitigation and monitoring guidance
    1. CEQ guidance
    2. Impact of the guidance
  2. Latest CEQ guidance to expedite environmental review process
  3. Implementation of guidance by federal agencies
    1. Completing NEPA documentation
    2. Gaining NEPA approval
  4. Best practices for working under CEQ guidance

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What does the CEQ guidance recommend for the implementation of mitigation commitments?
  • What does the CEQ guidance recommend for the monitoring of mitigation implementation and disclosure of mitigation commitments?
  • How will the latest CEQ draft guidance, if implemented, expedite the NEPA approval process?
  • How are specific federal agencies expected to implement the CEQ guidance?
  • What steps should companies and counsel take now to prepare to comply with the new guidance?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.

Faculty

Nicholas C. Yost
Nicholas C. Yost

Partner
SNR Denton

He focuses on counseling, document review, administrative proceedings and litigation under the National...  |  Read More

George J. Mannina, Jr.
George J. Mannina, Jr.

Partner
Nossaman

He has more than three decades experience with environmental litigation and government relations. With an intimate...  |  Read More

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