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2005 Managing the NEPA Process for Complex Projects Workshop

Reference Materials

Roundtable Session # 1: Getting Started –  How to Lay the Foundation for a Successful NEPA Study

Suggested Issues for Discussion

Reference Materials

  1. FHWA/FTA Legal Memorandum, “Integration of Planning and NEPA Processes” [PDF 73kb] (Feb. 22, 2005) and FHWA guidance, “Linking the Transportation Planning and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Processes” [PDF 69kb] (Feb. 22, 2005) (provides support for greater reliance on planning-level studies and decisions)
  2. FHWA Memorandum to Colorado Division, “NEPA Analysis for Toll Roads” [PDF 73kb] (Oct 15, 2004) (allows non-tolled alternatives to be eliminated based on pre-NEPA studies)
  3. FHWA Memorandum to Missouri Division, “Tiering of the I-60 Project” [PDF 51kb] (June 18, 2001) (discusses procedures for tiering long corridor projects)
  4. Florida DOT, “Florida’s ETDM Process: Efficient Transportation Decision Making While Protecting the Environment” [PDF 452kb] (Feb. 25, 2005) (outlines procedures for pre-NEPA agency coordination)
  5. FHWA, Indiana Division, “Streamlined EIS Procedures (July 2001) (Excerpts) outlines procedure involving an “EA/Corridor Study” [PDF 51kb] for consideration of multiple projects in a corridor prior to initiating an EIS

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Roundtable Session # 2: Creating Effective Frameworks for Agency Coordination and Regulatory Compliance

Suggested Issues for Discussion

Reference Materials

  1. Maryland’s Streamlined Environmental and Regulatory Process [PDF 20kb] – Flow Chart (Jan. 2000) (includes “concurrence points”)
  2. FHWA-Indiana’s Streamlined EIS Procedures [PDF 59kb] (July 2001) (includes non-binding “coordination points”)
  3. CEQ-USDOT Correspondence - Purpose and Need in Environmental Documents for Transportation Projects [PDF 395kb] (May 2003) (calls for “substantial deference” to lead agency’s decision on purpose and need)
  4. FHWA-FTA Memorandum, “Guidance on ‘Purpose and Need'” [PDF 167kb] (July 2003) (discourages “concurrence” points except for agencies with jurisdiction over the project – e.g., Corps)
  5. FHWA Guidance, “Questions and Answers Regarding the Environmental Vital Few Goal of Negotiated Timeframes” [PDF 43kb] (2003) (calls for “negotiated” timeframes for completing NEPA process)
  6. House and Senate Reauthorization Bills (HR 3550 and S 1072) – Environmental Streamlining Provisions; Agency Coordination Requirements (2004) (require agency coordination and public involvement on P&N and range of alternatives)

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Roundtable Session # 3: Writing Readable and Legally Sufficient NEPA Documents

Suggested Issues for Discussion

Reference Materials

  1. CEQ Regulations, 40 CFR 1502, EIS Requirements [PDF 59kb] (page limits; clarity of writing; focus on major issues)
  2. NCHRP Report, 25-25(1) , “Synthesis of Data Needs for EA and EIS Documentation: A Blueprint for NEPA Document Content” [PDF 1.28mb] (Jan. 2005) (suggests new “blueprint” involving changes to standard format of EIS)
  3. FHWA and Washington State DOT, Alaskan Way Viaduct DEIS [PDF 88kb] (Excerpts [PDF 13kb] ) (oversize pages, Q&A format for all text, numerous graphics, unconventional chapter structure)

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Roundtable Session # 4: Public Involvement in a Polarized Environment

Suggested Issues for Discussion

Reference Materials

  1. FHWA Guidance, “Civic Advisory Committees” [PDF 51kb]
  2. FHWA Guidance, “Open Forum Hearings/Open Houses” [PDF 62kb]
  3. FHWA Guidance, “Negotiation and Mediation” [PDF 68kb]
  4. UDOT, Mountain View Corridor – “Growth Choices Process” [PDF 479kb] – PowerPoint presentation and “Vision” Agreement (collaborative process involving local governments,  transportation agencies, and stakeholder groups)
  5. U.S. District Court decision in US-95 case in Nevada [PDF 22kb] – Excerpt (raises questions about use of open house format for public hearings)
  6. 6-I-69 Newsletter-Field Offices [PDF 2.08mb]

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