Overview of the NEPA Process
Participants in this course learn about NEPA’s procedural requirements and implementing process. They also explore the steps to preparing a quality EIS or EA.Note: Overviews are also available specific to the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following:
- Understand the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), along with its requirements and regulations
- Improve planning and decisionmaking using the NEPA process
- Integrate the legal requirements of NEPA into well-designed Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) and Environmental Assessments (EAs)
- Understand the purposes of public involvement
We tailor each workshop to meet the needs of the participants. The basic format of the interactive workshop includes the following components:
- Learning the National Environmental Policy Act
Learn the policy and procedures required by the act; the fundamental principles associated with the procedures; and the relationships among the act, its regulations, and your agency’s procedures.
- Understanding the Role of an Agency Decisionmaker
Learn the purpose of NEPA and understand the role of the responsible official in applying the systematic process.
- Understanding the Procedures for Preparing Quality Environmental Documents
Learn about the differences between EISs and EAs and the appropriate format and documentation necessary to comply with NEPA requirements.
- Understanding the Importance of Public Involvement
Learn about NEPA’s requirements for public involvement, and how a strategy can be a key factor in your effectiveness with public involvement.
Participants for this training generally include managers, responsible officials, and primary staff who need to learn NEPA skills; agency professionals responsible for leading NEPA analysis; and representatives from public or private groups and contractors requiring an understanding of NEPA.
Overview of the NEPA Process is an interactive workshop. For optimum learning, class size is limited to between 15 and 25 participants.This 1–day session consists of a carefully designed combination of the following:
- 60% Lecture
- 40% Discussion and exercises
Participants receive a workshop booklet designed to support the instruction and to serve as an ongoing reference.