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.

Anne Ketz

Anne is CEO and Services Director of 106 Group, a consulting company that specializes in cultural heritage planning. Anne has worked with a broad range of stakeholders, including Native Americans, community planners & leaders, and thought leaders to ensure respect for each community’s heritage within the planning process.