TRB Webinar: Expediting the NEPA Process - What Does it Take?

October 31, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM U.S. Eastern
Cost (for your seat)
Professional Development Hours for this webinar
1.50 hour(s)
Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 0.00 hour(s)
AICP: 0.00 hour(s)
CLE: 1.25 hour(s)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET that examines ways to navigate through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, such as moving projects through the NEPA process in an expedited timeframe; whether a project may end up in a lawsuit; and whether a NEPA document will hold up in court.  This webinar will discuss the commonalities among projects that were successfully expedited through the NEPA process. The presenters will also discuss the factors that contribute to a project's inability to obtain expedited NEPA decisions.

This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committee on Environmental Analysis in Transportation.

Some registrants will need to pay $55 to attend this webinar.  Sign into to view registration information.

Webinar Presenters

  • Gus Bauman, Beveridge & Diamond
  • Diane Nulton, McCormick Taylor
  • Andrew Smith, McCormick Taylor
  • Camille Otto, Federal Highway Administration

Moderated by: Diane Nulton, McCormick Taylor

Webinar Outline

  1. Practices for expediting controversial projects
    • Mon/Fayette
    • Inter-County Connector
    • Potters Mills Gap
  2. Common practices/techniques/tools
    • Experienced team/regular meetings
    • Project management
    • Political pressure/backing
    • Early/often engagement of stakeholders
    • Elevation process
    • Funded agency positions
    • Legal counsel support
    • Documentation
  3. Failure to expedite the NEPA process
    • Funding
    • Politics
    • Competing priorities
    • Lack of experience/poor project management
    • Difficult resource agency representatives
    • Controversial/conflicting issues
    • Poor documentation
  4. Scenarios/Corrective Actions
  5. Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions. The Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) categorizes this webinar activity as relating to health, safety, and welfare including core technical.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe techniques and tools to assist in expediting NEPA decisions
  • Discuss common reasons the NEPA process often takes longer than desired

Professional Development Hour Information

A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to Professional Engineers (PEs) who register and attend the webinar as an individual. For groups, only the person that registers and attends the session will receive a PDH certificate. Certificates of Completion will be issued only to individuals who register for and attend the entire webinar session.

Individuals registered as Florida PEs are no longer required to email TRB with your license number to report your attendance. Instead, please use your certificate that TRB provides through as verification of your attendance to the Florida Board of Professional Engineers.

Please check with your licensing board to ensure that TRB webinar PDHs are approved by your board.

This webinar was developed in March 2017. TRB has met the standards and requirements of the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to RCEP by TRB. Complaints about registered providers may be sent to RCEP, 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Website:

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

TRB is offering 1.25 CLE credits for this webinar. TRB did not seek approval for the above listed workshop from the state board, so we advise that you contact your state board prior to registering for the webinar to see if credits would be accepted. Registered webinar attendees who sign in and view the entire webinar will receive a link to a certificate that they can fill out and provide to their board. Complete a certificate for each state in which you are required to file. Rules for CLE in some states require the provider to file attendance with the regulator as a service to lawyers. Please confirm jurisdictional reporting requirements with the state regulator. This certificate should be filed with the appropriate MCLE Board(s) or Commission(s) within 30 days of activity. Introductory remarks, keynote addresses, business meetings, breaks, receptions, etc., are not included in the computation of credit. TRB will retain a copy of your attendance; however, TRB is not required to submit attendance to the board.

Registration questions? Contact Reggie Gillum at