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Best Practices in NEPA Mitigation

 

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 project's 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.

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Michael D. Smith, Ph.D.

Michael D. Smith, Ph.D.

ENERCON

  • Principal for ENERCON in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Nationally recognized expert in NEPA compliance and environmental policy with more than 20 years of experience in project and program management, climate change policy, technical analysis, policy development, socio-economic and environmental justice analyses, and training/education for a wide range of public and private sector clients
  • Managed and provided compliance review for some of the nation's largest, most complex, and highly controversial projects, including for major energy and transportation infrastructure projects, approval of genetically engineered plants, commercial space transportation operations, and approval of new fuel economy standards for all vehicles operated in the U.S.
  • Serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) and the California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)
  • Ph.D. degree in environmental sociology; M.A. degree in geography and resource management; B.A. degree in environmental studies
  • Can be contacted at 510-879-4508 or [email protected]
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