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NEPA at 50

Tue, Feb 16, 2021 · 10:45 AM · EST
About This Webinar

This presentation will focus upon the first major revision of the Council on Environmental Quality NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508) in over 40 years, published as a notice of proposed rulemaking in January 2020, shortly after the 50th anniversary of the NEPA statute. The regulations were finalized and published on July 16 and effective on September 14, 2020, and were intended to further streamline and modernize NEPA compliance for energy and mineral production and infrastructure projects. How might these rules affect your projects going forward, and what does their future look like in the Biden administration?

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Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Partner, Perkins Coie
As an associate director at the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Edward (Ted) Boling served as the country’s top National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) attorney. He currently advises clients on the development of renewable energy, resource development, transportation, and infrastructure, drawing on over 30 years of high-level public service.
Ted served in the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), CEQ, and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in both Democratic and Republican administrations. His experience includes deep involvement in federal infrastructure issues, as well as leadership of the first comprehensive revision of CEQ’s NEPA regulations in 40 years.
Ted’s work at CEQ also included the National Ocean Policy, CEQ’s climate change guidance, and the regulatory response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He drafted NEPA guidance on mitigation and monitoring, cumulative impacts analysis, and the development categorical exclusions from detailed NEPA documentation. Ted advised on the establishment of numerous national monuments, including the first marine national monuments in the United States and the largest marine protected areas in the world. He also assisted in briefing three U.S. Supreme Court cases.
At DOI, Ted handled matters involving energy development on the outer continental shelf, including offshore wind power development, and the fast track for solar and wind energy projects on public lands. He has provided legal and policy advice on environmental issues concerning the Federal Columbia River Power System and the California Central Valley Project.
At DOJ, in the first 10 years of his career, Ted litigated significant cases involving NEPA, endangered species, marine mammals, wetland protections, and public lands. He was involved in litigation concerning the Northwest Forest Plan, National Forest management decisions, and Federal Transit Administration decisions in New England.
Webinar hosting presenter
Partner, Perkins Coie
Thomas (Tom) Jensen provides strategic regulatory counsel, litigation support and legislative advocacy to clients in the environment, energy and natural resources sectors. With considerable experience in and deep knowledge of environmental and resources law, Tom delivers sophisticated counsel to clients involved with energy and water pipelines, electric transmission projects, transportation facilities, hydropower and other energy generation assets, and other capital-intensive infrastructure projects. Tom currently serves as lead outside regulatory and litigation counsel to a major interstate natural gas pipeline project and recently led the successful permitting and siting effort for a 500 kV interstate electric transmission project.
A nationally recognized practitioner of natural resources and environmental law, Tom advises clients throughout the business, government and nonprofit sectors, reflecting his credentials not only in the legal industry, but also in the public sector. He served as the majority counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and was the associate director for natural resources on the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He has also written numerous pieces of legislation that have been enacted into federal law and has published and lectured widely in the field.
Developers of innovative, challenging energy projects and new environmental initiatives seek out Tom’s guidance for his insight into protected natural and cultural resources, public lands and marine areas, takings law and the National Environmental Policy Act. A key player in helping clients develop and defend their project strategies, Tom leads teams involved in siting, property and right-of-way acquisition, federal, state, tribal and local permitting, settlement negotiations and litigation.
Tom speaks frequently on environmental issues, from protected species mitigation to siting strategy, water development, water quality, climate adaptation and marine energy development. He also writes and speaks on conservation of at-risk wildlife and western range lands.
Documents
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Ted Boling Bio.pdf
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Thomas Jensen Bio.pdf
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EMLF PC NEPA Presentation.pdf
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