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Best Practices in NEPA Mitigation - Webinar

  • ID: 4606143
  • Webinar
  • 90 Minutes
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc.
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Understand the essential role in crafting compliant mitigation programs and how adaptive management frameworks are being used.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was enacted to promote efforts that will prevent or eliminate damage to the human environment. Mitigation measures can help to accomplish this goal in several ways. Many Federal agencies and applicants include mitigation measures as integral components of a proposed projects design. Agencies also consider mitigation measures as alternatives when developing Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs).

This topic will help impact assessment practitioners understand the key role of mitigation in the NEPA process, and the key regulatory requirements for creating effective mitigation measures. The material will explain how monitoring plays an essential role in crafting compliant mitigation programs, and how adaptive management frameworks are increasingly being used by federal agencies in crafting their mitigation and monitoring programs. This information is critical for NEPA practitioners seeking to understand the proper role of mitigation in the impact assessment process and the most effective way of using mitigation and monitoring in a legally compliant manner.

Learning Objectives
  • You will be able to define the five key types of mitigation measures.
  • You will be able to describe how mitigation and monitoring fit into the NEPA process.
  • You will be able to discuss the interrelationship between mitigation, alternatives, and essential project design features.
  • You will be able to explain the proper use of mitigation in for Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Findings of No Significant Impacts (FONSIs).
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The Importance of Mitigation in the NEPA Process
  • Regulatory Requirements for Mitigation
  • Key Mitigation Guidance Documents
  • Interrelationship Between Mitigation, Alternatives, and Project Design Features
  • Public Involvement for Mitigation
The Five Main Types of Mitigation
  • Definitions/Application of Avoidance; Minimization; Rectification; Reduction; and Compensation
  • Different Types of Compensatory Mitigation
  • Creating Effective and Compliant Mitigation Measures
  • Case Law on NEPA Mitigation
The Use of Mitigation in the Environmental Assessment (EA) Process
  • Early Controversy Over the Use of Mitigation for EAs and Fonsis
  • Federal Court Rulings on the Use of Mitigated Eas and FONSIs
Monitoring Mitigation Measures
  • The Different Types of Monitoring
  • Identifying Key Players and Roles in Monitoring
  • Monitoring and Supplemental NEPA Analysis
Mitigation and Adaptive Management
  • The Interrelationship Between Mitigation Monitoring and Adaptive Management
  • Legal Issues With the Use of Adaptive Management in the NEPA Process
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Michael D. Smith, Ph.D. - ENERCON
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This webinar is designed for attorneys, engineers, environmental professionals, presidents, vice presidents, architects, developers, contractors, subcontractors, government officials, planners, public works professionals, land use officials and real estate professionals.
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