Managing the Environmental Process


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03-17-06

REGION 10 BULLETIN NO:  06-10

SUBJECT:  Managing the Environmental Process

PROGRAM AREA: Environment

DATE:  March 17, 2006

The National Transit Institute (NTI) will be conducting the course “Managing the Environmental Process” in Sacramento, CA on April 26-28, 2006. The course can be accessed at http://www.ntionline.com/CourseInfo.asp?CourseNumber=ID810. Please see details below.

Audience:

This course is intended for practitioners with prior NEPA training or experience in both the NEPA process and the other environmental laws, regulations and policies that affect Federal transit programs. These include employees of organizations that have responsibility for, or interest in, transit related projects, including, but not limited to: transit agencies, state departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), state/county/local planning or environmental agencies, consultant firms, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and other Federal agencies.

Description:

This course will build on the National Highway Institute's introductory course on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), with special emphasis on transit and multimodal projects. This course will assume the participant's basic familiarity with NEPA and major environmental laws including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act. To be successful, the environmental process must involve a myriad of stakeholders and decision-makers that include numerous Federal, State and local agencies, the public, and various legal and political representatives of these stakeholders. Practitioners involved in transportation project planning and development are often not sufficiently familiar with the broad reaching ramifications of either NEPA or the other environmental laws, regulations and policies invoked when evaluating a federally funded project.

Managing the processes associated with successfully completing Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments can represent a major challenge for even the most experienced project managers and agencies. This course will focus on the management of environmental processes under NEPA and other environmental laws, regulations and policies that affect Federally-assisted transit programs. Particular emphasis will be placed on approaches, tools and techniques to conduct an integrated, streamlined process from initial planning through project development to foster transportation decision-making in a manner that is effective, efficient and environmentally sound.

Objectives:

Telephone:  (732) 932-1700
Email: 
gstern@nti.rutgers.edu

Fee: Tuition shall be waived for federal, state and local government employees who work in transportation or related areas.

Fee for contractors and consultants: $450.00

If you have any further assistance, please contact Bill Ramos, 206-220-4319 or email bill.ramos@fta.dot.gov.

Sincerely,


/s/


R. F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator

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