Coordinating Section 106 & NEPA

If environmental reviews and authorizations under other federal laws are not effectively coordinated, meeting the requirements outlined in Executive Order (EO) 13807 on Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure will be difficult, if not impossible. The purpose of EO 13807 is to support the timely processing of federal environmental reviews and agency authorization decisions for proposed major infrastructure projects. In addition to outlining the goal of completing all environmental reviews in an average of two years, EO 13807 stipulates that all federal authorization decisions, including issuing permits, shall be completed within 90 days of the issuance of a ROD. This article examines how to effectively coordinate planning and permitting for three federal laws, compliance with which is commonly needed for major infrastructure projects – the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act.

Jennifer Bring

Jenny is 106 Group’s Cultural Resources Manager. Clients praise Jenny’s sharp focus and ability to effectively coordinate the NHPA and NEPA processes as project manager for a wide range of projects, including mining projects, interstate pipelines, wind and solar energy farms, and rail and transit projects. She has also facilitated consultation with agencies, Native American tribes, and community groups to bring resolution to potential project issues.