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Since 1970, the National Environmental Policy Act has been the cornerstone for environmental protection in the United States. To implement NEPA, federal agencies must prepare environmental impact statements or environmental assessments to study the impacts of their proposed actions. Unfortunately, some federal agencies, their consultants and affected citizens do not fully understand the regulations, legal interpretations and practices for properly complying with NEPA. Thus, there are many mistakes in implementing the law. This topic will identify some of the most common mistakes made under NEPA and reveal the best ways to avoid them. You will get practical advice for preparing useful and legally sufficient NEPA documents. This information is critical for federal agency staff, consultants working for federal agencies and others interested in the NEPA process.

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Learn everything you need to know about NEPA: Understanding the Basics
  2. Comprehensive agenda covering NEPA: Understanding the Basics Online Course
  3. Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by leading NEPA Instructors
  5. Certificate of completion
  6. Available in multiple formats where you can choose the best format for your needs

Available in :

  • OnDemand Webinar : Archived webinar presentation with audio and slideshow including downloadable reference manual. Watch online anytime.
  • Audio & Reference Manual : PDF and MP3 files delivered on a USB flash drive. Listen and read on any compatible device.
  • MP3 Download : Audio recording of a webinar and reference manual delivered by download. Listen anytime on any compatible device.

Course Delivery

This program is available in several formats. Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this course, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

This course is being supplied by Lorman.

Misunderstanding NEPA's Legal and Political Framework

  • Forgetting Why NEPA Was Necessary
  • Misunderstanding the Overall NEPA Process
  • Doing Too Much or Too Little
  • Failure to Assess Risks of Noncompliance

Mistakes Using Categorical Exclusions

  • Misuse of Exclusions
  • Overlooking Extraordinary Circumstances
  • Failure to Properly Document Decisions

Mistakes With Environmental Assessments and Findings of No Significant Impact

  • Segmenting a Project Into Pieces to Avoid Preparing an EIS
  • Deciding Not to Prepare an EIS Before Preparing an EA
  • Conclusions in FONSI Not Supported by Analysis in EA
  • Failure to Use the Context and Intensity Criteria in an EA
  • Too Much Applicant Control Over EA Preparation
  • Inadequate and Deferred Mitigation

Mistakes With Environmental Impact Statements

  • Using Improper Baseline for Evaluating Impacts
  • Inadequate Range of Alternatives
  • Inadequate Cumulative Impact Analysis
  • Failure to Evaluate Induced Growth
  • Insufficient Impact Analysis: Bad Data, Old Data and No Data

Procedural Errors

  • Insufficient Public Involvement
  • Inadequate Agency Coordination and Integration
  • Failure to Maintain a Complete Administrative Record

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

Entry Requirements
Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education
Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements
Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:
Microsoft Windows XP, or later
Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS:
OSX/iOS 6 or later
Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems
Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities (Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

For LIVE WEBINARS:

Q: What is the webinar viewer?
A: Not every live webinar will have the webinar viewer. The webinar viewer is an online PowerPoint® presentation that the speaker will manipulate. You can access the webinar viewer through a link provided in your confirmation email. Again, Internet access is required.

Q: What is a live webinar?
A: A live webinar is a live training program in which the audio is streamed over the Internet or accessed over phone lines and the written materials are accessed via the Internet. Audio and video reception capabilities of your computer set-up is required.

Q: How do I access the live webinar?
A: Once you have registered for the live webinar, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and an individual PIN to stream the audio over the Internet and access the reference materials.

Q: How do I access the reference materials?
A: Your confirmation email includes a link to the reference materials for your live webinar. The reference materials are typically available for download a day or two before the live webinar.

For OnDemand WEBINARS:

Q: What is an OnDemand webinar?
A: OnDemand webinars are self-paced online programs that allow you to earn continuing education credit at your convenience. Each program includes a downloadable PDF reference manual. A PDF viewer is required.

Q: My OnDemand webinar is not functioning properly. What can I do?
A: Adobe Flash 9+ with Javascript enabled is needed to view the program.

Michael D. Smith, Ph.D.

Michael D. Smith, Ph.D.

ENERCON

  • Principal for ENERCON in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Nationally recognized expert in NEPA compliance and environmental policy with more than 20 years of experience in project and program management, climate change policy, technical analysis, policy development, socio-economic and environmental justice analyses, and training/education for a wide range of public and private sector clients
  • Managed and provided compliance review for some of the nation's largest, most complex, and highly controversial projects, including for major energy and transportation infrastructure projects, approval of genetically engineered plants, commercial space transportation operations, and approval of new fuel economy standards for all vehicles operated in the U.S.
  • Serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) and the California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)
  • Ph.D. degree in environmental sociology; M.A. degree in geography and resource management; B.A. degree in environmental studies
About this Course

Get Practical Advice So You Can Prepare Useful And Legally Compliant Nepa Documents And Avoid Common Mistakes

Since 1970, the National Environmental Policy Act has been the cornerstone for environmental protection in the United States. To implement NEPA, federal agencies must prepare environmental impact statements or environmental assessments to study the impacts of their proposed actions. Unfortunately, some federal agencies, their consultants and affected citizens do not fully understand the regulations, legal interpretations and practices for properly complying with NEPA. Thus, there are many mistakes in implementing the law. This topic will identify some of the most common mistakes made under NEPA and reveal the best ways to avoid them. You will get practical advice for preparing useful and legally sufficient NEPA documents. This information is critical for federal agency staff, consultants working for federal agencies and others interested in the NEPA process.

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Learn everything you need to know about NEPA: Understanding the Basics
  2. Comprehensive agenda covering NEPA: Understanding the Basics Online Course
  3. Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by leading NEPA Instructors
  5. Certificate of completion
  6. Available in multiple formats where you can choose the best format for your needs

Available in :

  • OnDemand Webinar : Archived webinar presentation with audio and slideshow including downloadable reference manual. Watch online anytime.
  • Audio & Reference Manual : PDF and MP3 files delivered on a USB flash drive. Listen and read on any compatible device.
  • MP3 Download : Audio recording of a webinar and reference manual delivered by download. Listen anytime on any compatible device.

Course Delivery

This program is available in several formats. Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this course, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

This course is being supplied by Lorman.

Misunderstanding NEPA's Legal and Political Framework

  • Forgetting Why NEPA Was Necessary
  • Misunderstanding the Overall NEPA Process
  • Doing Too Much or Too Little
  • Failure to Assess Risks of Noncompliance

Mistakes Using Categorical Exclusions

  • Misuse of Exclusions
  • Overlooking Extraordinary Circumstances
  • Failure to Properly Document Decisions

Mistakes With Environmental Assessments and Findings of No Significant Impact

  • Segmenting a Project Into Pieces to Avoid Preparing an EIS
  • Deciding Not to Prepare an EIS Before Preparing an EA
  • Conclusions in FONSI Not Supported by Analysis in EA
  • Failure to Use the Context and Intensity Criteria in an EA
  • Too Much Applicant Control Over EA Preparation
  • Inadequate and Deferred Mitigation

Mistakes With Environmental Impact Statements

  • Using Improper Baseline for Evaluating Impacts
  • Inadequate Range of Alternatives
  • Inadequate Cumulative Impact Analysis
  • Failure to Evaluate Induced Growth
  • Insufficient Impact Analysis: Bad Data, Old Data and No Data

Procedural Errors

  • Insufficient Public Involvement
  • Inadequate Agency Coordination and Integration
  • Failure to Maintain a Complete Administrative Record

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

Entry Requirements
Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education
Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements
Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:
Microsoft Windows XP, or later
Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS:
OSX/iOS 6 or later
Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems
Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities (Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

For LIVE WEBINARS:

Q: What is the webinar viewer?
A: Not every live webinar will have the webinar viewer. The webinar viewer is an online PowerPoint® presentation that the speaker will manipulate. You can access the webinar viewer through a link provided in your confirmation email. Again, Internet access is required.

Q: What is a live webinar?
A: A live webinar is a live training program in which the audio is streamed over the Internet or accessed over phone lines and the written materials are accessed via the Internet. Audio and video reception capabilities of your computer set-up is required.

Q: How do I access the live webinar?
A: Once you have registered for the live webinar, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and an individual PIN to stream the audio over the Internet and access the reference materials.

Q: How do I access the reference materials?
A: Your confirmation email includes a link to the reference materials for your live webinar. The reference materials are typically available for download a day or two before the live webinar.

For OnDemand WEBINARS:

Q: What is an OnDemand webinar?
A: OnDemand webinars are self-paced online programs that allow you to earn continuing education credit at your convenience. Each program includes a downloadable PDF reference manual. A PDF viewer is required.

Q: My OnDemand webinar is not functioning properly. What can I do?
A: Adobe Flash 9+ with Javascript enabled is needed to view the program.

Michael D. Smith, Ph.D.

Michael D. Smith, Ph.D.

ENERCON

  • Principal for ENERCON in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Nationally recognized expert in NEPA compliance and environmental policy with more than 20 years of experience in project and program management, climate change policy, technical analysis, policy development, socio-economic and environmental justice analyses, and training/education for a wide range of public and private sector clients
  • Managed and provided compliance review for some of the nation's largest, most complex, and highly controversial projects, including for major energy and transportation infrastructure projects, approval of genetically engineered plants, commercial space transportation operations, and approval of new fuel economy standards for all vehicles operated in the U.S.
  • Serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) and the California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)
  • Ph.D. degree in environmental sociology; M.A. degree in geography and resource management; B.A. degree in environmental studies

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