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Environmental Assessments: Guidance on Best Practice Principles

February 2015

Citation: ELR 10142

Author: Ron Deverman, P.E. Hudson, Karen Johnson, Ronald E. Lamb, Daniel R. Mandelker, Stephen Pyle, and Dr. Robert Senner

In response to a 2011 solicitation by the Council on Environmental Quality, the National Association of Environmental Professionals developed best practice principles (BPPs) for preparing effective environmental assessments (EAs) under NEPA. After extensive survey research and literature review, the Association’s report identified seven Priority One BPPs as focus areas for improving EAs. These proposed BPPs are intended to be applicable across all federal agencies that prepare EAs and are designed to improve the quality, usefulness, and timeliness of EAs while reducing the risk of challenge.

Ron Deverman is Associate Vice-President of HNTB Corp., past President of NAEP, and a 30-year NEPA practitioner in Chicago. P.E. Hudson, Esq., is Counsel and Environmental Law and Planning Training Director, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of the Navy, Ventura, CA. Karen Johnson has 27 years’ experience in CEP-Documentation in Wylie, TX. Ronald E. Lamb CEP is chair of the NAEP NEPA Practice in Washington, D.C. Daniel R. Mandelker is Stamper Professor of Law, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Stephen Pyle, Esq., is Project Manager at HDR Environmental, Operations and Construction, Inc., in Spring Branch, TX. Dr. Robert Senner is sole proprietor of Robert Senner Consulting in Seattle.

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