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Key Federal Environmental Permitting Laws

Duration : 60 Minutes

This course, has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

Michael Smith, Ph.D.,

Michael is a Senior Environmental Practice Leader for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) with GEI Consultants in Sacramento, CA, one of the nation's leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering fi Read more

Many development projects across a wide variety of sectors (including energy, transportation, and residential and commercial construction) will trigger one or more of the five most prominent federal environmental laws:

• National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
• Endangered Species Act (ESA)
• Clean Water Act (CWA)
• Clean Air Act (CAA)
• National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)

Some projects will require compliance with two or more of these laws, and integrating the differing review, analysis and documentation requirements of the laws can be quite challenging. Many federal agency and private sector actions are delayed substantially by poor compliance with these key federal environmental laws, and litigation involving compliance is a frequent occurrence and often leads to lengthy delays in project approvals. This event will give you the insight you need to fully understand the key compliance requirements of these important federal laws and related regulations, and how best to navigate permitting a development project that triggers one or more of them successfully to assure proper compliance and avoid costly project delays. Join Michael D. Smith, Ph.D., one of the nation’s leading environmental compliance experts and a long-time consultant to federal agencies and industry for an information-packed, and fact-based webinar. He will provide a comprehensive overview of the key compliance requirements of these five most prominent federal environmental permitting laws, and describe key strategies for complying in the most efficient and defensible manner.

Course Objectives:

• The key compliance requirements of the NEPA Statute and CEQ Implementing Regulations for NEPA; the Endangered Species Act (ESA); Clean Water Act (CWA); Clean Air Act (CAA); and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
• The important role of the federal courts in the review of environmental compliance
• How to prepare defensible environmental analyses
• Strategies to best manage coordinating environmental review of projects that trigger multiple federal environmental laws
• How best to respond to recent administrative and legislative initiatives targeting increasing the efficiency of the environmental permitting process

Why Should You Attend:

You will be able to understand the key legal and compliance requirements of NEPA, ESA, CWA, CAA, and the NHPA and related regulatory requirements. You will be able identify key pitfalls leading to poor federal environmental law compliance. You will understand the important role the federal courts play in environmental compliance for development projects. You will understand how private sector actions can fall under federal environmental law review.

Course Outline:

• Key compliance requirements for the:
          o National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
          o Endangered Species Act (ESA)
          o Clean Water Act (CWA)
          o Clean Air Act (CAA)
          o National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
• How NEPA often serves as an “umbrella” statute
• How to best integrate multiple permitting requirements for development projects
• The role of federal courts and litigation with the key federal permitting laws
• Recent administrative and legislative initiatives involving key federal environmental permitting laws

What You Get:

• Training Materials
• Live Q&A Session with our Expert
• Participation Certificate
• Access to Signup Community (Optional)
• Reward Points

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