National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

COURSE OUTLINE
INTRODUCTION
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
NEPA OVERVIEW

  • CEQ Guidelines Overview
  • Department of the Interior NEPA Manual Overview
BIA NEPA HANDBOOK (PAGE-BY-PAGE REVIEW)
  • Introduction and Authorities
  • Responsibilites and Appeals
  • Decision Making
  • Initiating the NEPA Process and Environmental Assessments
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Review of other Federal Agency Actions
APPENDIX 4 - CATEGORICAL EXCLUSIONS
NEPA AND THE COURTS
CASE STUDY - INDIVIDUAL GROUPS
WHY NEPA DOCUMENTS FAIL
  • Louisiana Case
  • Section 14
  • Ward Valley
HORROR STORY OF NON-COMPLIANCE
ROLE OF EA AND EIS
TEST
OTHER TOPICS AS TIME PERMITS.
  • Colmac - Action Requiring EIS
  • McKinley Mine - Action Normally requiring EIS App 4
  • Mohave Generating Station - EIS killed by politics
  • Jackpile - "White Hat" Projects still require EIS
  • El Rancho - Horror show
  • Nuclear Waste Storage