The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions and alternatives prior to making project decisions, and to involve other agencies, stakeholders, tribes, and the public in the decision making process. VCHP assists agencies and project applicants (through third party contracting) with navigating this environmental review process, enabling them to implement project plans on schedule in an environmentally responsible manner. We provide project management to ensure the NEPA process is implemented as outlined in the Council on Environmental Quality regulations, resulting in NEPA compliance that meets the scrutiny of the public, regulatory agencies, and EPA. The resulting NEPA documents comply fully with all legal requirements, present practical mitigation measures, and integrate permitting requirements under other regulatory requirements such as the Endangered Species Act or the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
VCHP facilitates public and stakeholder involvement in the process by designing and conducting public involvement processes to help agencies and project applicants develop relationships with communities, thereby enhancing resolution of environmental concerns. VCHP has extensive experience assisting agencies and project applicants with coordination and consultation with other agencies and stakeholder tribes. VCHP also specializes in conducting the cultural resources analyses required in NEPA and integrating the NEPA process with compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA.
- Project Management for NEPA compliance (EIS, EA, Programmatic and Supplemental assessments)
- NEPA cultural resource analyses
- Third Party Document/Process Review
- Public and Stakeholder Involvement
- Tribal and Agency Coordination and Consultation
- Development of mitigation agreement documents (MOAs and PAs)
- Mitigation monitoring/construction monitoring
Environmental planning allows our clients to make informed decisions about their projects and facilitates environmental compliance. Environmental planning can position an agency and/or project applicant to complete NEPA compliance in an expedited manner by collecting environmental baseline data early. This data, which describes the environment as it currently exists, is used in the NEPA process to analyze how these conditions would change under a particular project alternative. VCHP assists the client with collection of environmental baseline data by providing project management over specific resource area studies, to ensure data relevant to the NEPA process is collected in an efficient and cost-effective manner.