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NEPA Webinar:

Council on Environmental Quality Revised Draft Guidance on Integrating Analysis of Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change in NEPA Documents
 

This webinar will present a synopsis of how courts are addressing the questions of
when and how agencies consider climate change in their NEPA reviews and then focus
on the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Revised Draft Guidance on Integrating
Analysis of Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change into environmental documents
prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  The Revised
Draft Guidance was released by CEQ for a 60-day public review and comment on
December 24, 2014, with comments due through February 23, 2015

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/12/24/2014-30035/revised-draft-guidance-for-federal-departments-and-agencies-on-consideration-of-greenhouse-gas
 

The Revised Draft Guidance describes how Federal departments and agencies should
consider the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change in their NEPA
reviews.  The guidance supersedes the draft greenhouse gas and climate change
guidance released by CEQ in February 2010.  This guidance explains that agencies
should consider both the potential effects of a proposed action on climate change,
as indicated by its estimated greenhouse gas emissions, and the implications of
climate change for the environmental effects of a proposed action.  The guidance
also emphasizes that agency analyses should be commensurate with projected
greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts, and should employ appropriate
quantitative or qualitative analytical methods to ensure useful information is
available to inform the public and the decision-making process in distinguishing
between alternatives and mitigations. 

It recommends that agencies consider 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions on an annual basis as a reference point below which a quantitative analysis of greenhouse gas is not recommended unless it is easily accomplished based on available tools and data.  Unlike the 2010 draft guidance, the revised draft guidance applies to all proposed Federal agency actions, including land and resource management actions.  It reflects CEQs consideration of responses to the questions regarding land and resource management actions and the comments received on the 2010 draft guidance in addition to other Federal agency and affected stakeholder input.  The revised guidance also discusses the relationship of the proposed action to the consideration of preparedness
(adaptation) to climate change.  It does not create new or additional regulatory requirements.  It instructs agencies on how to address the greenhouse gas emissions
from and the effects of climate change on their proposed actions within the existing
NEPA regulatory framework.

Moderator:   Marie Campbell, President-Sapphos Environmental and NAEP Elected Board Member

Speakers:

Horst Greczmiel, Associate Director for NEPA Oversight, Council on Environmental Quality

Michael Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School, and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Date/Time:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 1:00pm CT

Duration:  Event will last 90 minutes, includes Q&A
 

Choice of Two Viewing Locations:

 

CBBEL, 9575 W. Higgins Road Rosemont, Illinois 60018

 

OR

 

HNTB, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60606

Cost:

IAEP Members:   $35  (includes pizza lunch or you can bring a brown bag lunch if you have special dietary requirements)                 

Non-member:  $75  (includes pizza lunch or you can bring a brown bag lunch if you have special dietary requirements)       

Attendees will receive a certificate with 1.5 Professional Development Hours

 

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