The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) establishes the regulatory framework for environmental protection in the United States. NEPA requires that U.S. government agencies assess the environmental impacts of their proposed actions prior to making decisions. The NEPA process uses Environmental Assessments (EA) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) to provide the public with an informed analysis of the potential environmental consequences of a proposed project.
Our team has extensive experience managing NEPA processes and preparing environmental impact analysis documents including EISs, EAs, Categorical Exclusions (CATEXs), Records of Decision and Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSIs) for Federal agencies. Our NEPA analyses focus on strategies that address significant environmental issues. We thoroughly identify and assess impacts, develop mitigation measures and integrate the requirements of applicable Federal, state and local regulations into schedules to meet milestones.
NEPA projects require a diverse range of capability and expertise to evaluate the many ways a proposed activity may impact the environment. Our expert teams can conduct data collection and analysis in a wide variety of technical specialties. We also draw on our established partnerships with specialist companies to deliver unique and high-value expertise for specific impacts. Our NEPA specialties include, but are not limited to:
We have completed numerous EISs, EAs and other NEPA projects, including those with public communications and comment scope. We’re experienced in leading public workshops and forums and creating an efficient, creative and collaborative process of public involvement that’s consistent with Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) and agency requirements and guidance.
We work to build trust and increase confidence in the environmental review process, while aiming to reduce controversy and the potential for litigation. We collaborate and build partnerships with cooperating agencies and work diligently to involve the public and stakeholders in the NEPA process. Our employees have conducted hundreds of public meetings, including meetings on public scoping, Draft EISs, travel management, facilitated collaborative planning workshops and alternatives development with cooperating agencies.
We employ technical writers, editors, word processing operators and graphic artists. Our highly skilled publications team writes, edits, formats and designs technical documents from small and specialized, graphic-intensive boutique publications to 30,000-page multi-volume reports.
We aim to adhere to the CEQ’s 150-page limit for Environmental Impact Statements. Most of our employees are cross-trained and have overlapping skills, giving us greater flexibility in meeting customer needs. Our technical writers, editors and graphic artists have exceptional experience in editing NEPA and science-based documents for Federal resource management agencies and are a key part of our quality control process, providing critical feedback to authors on the content inconsistencies, gaps and conflicts that are common in multi-author documents. Our editors know how to work collaboratively with our internal and customer-based technical teams.
We maintain a number of active contract vehicles through which our NEPA services can be accessed, most notably our GSA Schedule contract. We also routinely partner to build teams that can address discrete agency contracts and programs. Contact us today to discuss how we can support your agency’s NEPA/SEPA program goals.