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2006 Managing the NEPA Process for Complex Projects Workshop

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Roundtable Session # 1: Getting Started –  Laying the Foundation for a Successful NEPA Study

Suggested Issues for Discussion

Planning-NEPA Linkage

Data Collection and Model Development

Agency Relationships and Coordination

Public Outreach

Reference Materials

  1. FHWA/FTA Guidance, “Linking the Transportation Planning and NEPA Processes” [PDF 67kb] (Feb. 2005) (provides support for greater reliance on planning-level studies and decisions)
  2. Excerpts from Section 6001 of SAFETEA-LU [PDF 48kb]
  3. FHWA Memorandum to Colorado Division, “NEPA Analysis for Toll Roads” [PDF 47kb] (Oct 15, 2004) (allows non-tolled alternatives to be eliminated based on pre-NEPA studies)
  4. FHWA Memorandum to Missouri Division, “Tiering of the I-70 Project” [PDF 22kb] (June 18, 2001) (discusses procedures for tiering long corridor projects)
  5. Florida DOT, “Florida’s ETDM Process: Efficient Transportation Decision Making While Protecting the Environment” [PDF 452kb] (2003) (outlines procedures for pre-NEPA agency coordination)
  6. FHWA, Indiana Division, “Streamlined EIS Procedures” [PDF 42kb] (July 2001) (Excerpts) (outlines procedure involving an “EA/Corridor Study” for consideration of multiple projects in a corridor prior to initiating an EIS)
  7. NCHRP 541, “Consideration of Environmental Factors in Transportation Systems Planning” summary [PDF 2.3mb]
  8. Executive Order 13274, “Integrated Planning Workgroup Report” [PDF 861kb] executive summary
  9. State Wildlife Action Plan Materials [PDF 305kb]
  10. Step Up, Phase I Report [PDF 1.20mb]
  11. Colorado Transportation - Environment Resource Council (TERC) Report. [PDF 13kb]
  12. Fountain Creek Watershed: A Regional Partnership of the Pikes Peak and Pueblo Area Council of Governments [PDF 432kb]
  13. North Carolina Department of Transportation Integration of Planning and Project Development Project Description [PDF 17kb]

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Roundtable Session # 2: Section 6002 of SAFETEA-LU – Using the New Streamlined Process for EIS Projects to Support Efficient and Effective Decision Making

Presentations

Changes in SAFETEA-LU, Pamela Stephenson (PDF 209kb)

Suggested Issues for Discussion

Project Initiation

Agency Roles

Purpose and Need; Range of Alternatives

Methodology and Level of Detail

Preferred Alternative

Issue Resolution

Non-EIS Projects

Agency Funding Agreements

Ongoing Studies

Reference Materials

  1. SAFETA-LU, Section 6002 [PDF 48kb] (full text)
  2. AASHTO Summary of Section 6002 [PDF 45kb] (bullets from Oct, 2005 annual meeting)
  3. FHWA/FTA Interim Guidance on Implementation of SAFETEA-LU Environmental and Planning Provisions [PDF 93kb] (Sept. 2, 2005)  
  4. FHWA 180 Day Statue of Limitations Guidance [PDF 1.20mb]

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Roundtable Session # 3: Innovative Approaches to Improving NEPA Document Quality and Strengthening Legal Sufficiency – A Dialogue Among Practitioners

Suggested Issues for Discussion

Document Quality and Readability

Legal Sufficiency of NEPA Documents

Education and Training

Reference Materials

  1. Work Team Report on Improving Document Quality and Readability and Questionnaire Document 1 [PDF 673kb] | Document 2 [PDF 17kb]
  2. Work Team Report on Legal Sufficiency [PDF 444kb]
  3. Work Team Report on Education and Training in NEPA Document Preparation and Appendixes
  4. PowerPoint Presentation – Improving Document Quality and Readability [PDF 35kb]
  5. PowerPoint Presentation – Legal Sufficiency [PDF 660kb]
  6. PowerPoint Presentation – Education and Training in NEPA Document Preparation [PDF 250kb]

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Roundtable Session # 4: Staying Ahead of the Curve – Effective Tools to Support NEPA Practitioners

Presentations

FHWA Tools for NEPA People, [PDF 110kb] Harold Peaks
Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO, [PDF 2.50mb] Shannon Eggleston
TRB Research Programs for Environment and Planning, [PDF 199kb] Mark Kross

Suggested Issues for Discussion

Reference Materials

  1. NCHRP 25-25 Research Activities [PDF 26kb]
  2. Draft AASHTO Practitioner’s Guide: “Maintaining a Project File and Preparing an Administrative Record for a NEPA Study” [PDF 1079kb]
  3. Draft AASHTO Practitioner’s Guide: “Responding to Comments on an Environmental Impact Statement” [PDF 975kb]
  4. Draft AASHTO Practitioner’s Guide: “Managing the NEPA Process for Toll Lanes and Toll Roads” [PDF 971kb]

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