The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Environmental Assessment (EA) for major federal actions that are likely to have a significant effect on the environment. Also, many state and local governments have adopted state-level counterparts to NEPA for projects under their jurisdiction. We understand the importance of thorough public involvement and complete and open disclosure of findings necessary to produce a document which is consistent with various laws, Council of Environmental Quality regulations, and agency-specific procedures. This philosophy has resulted in a record of producing quality NEPA-compliant documents.
Environmental documents prepared by The Ottery Group address the full range of environmental and technical issues. Key elements considered in our environmental planning projects include:
- Public involvement
- Issue analysis
- Alternative development
- Affected environment description
- Environmental consequences analysis
Here is a flow chart depicting a typical NEPA process.
The Ottery Group regularly prepares documentation as required under various Federal agency regulations for compliance with NEPA. The Ottery Group has prepared categorical exclusions, EAs, and has participated in the preparation of EISs for a variety of projects. NEPA has been amended several times since its enactment, and a number of other laws have established interlocking or overlapping requirements that must be addressed in NEPA analyses. As a full-service environmental firm, we have staff with expertise in a variety of natural and cultural resource specialties, and can provide technical expertise in the full range of NEPA criteria.
The Ottery Group has prepared NEPA-related documentation for proposed undertakings throughout most of the Eastern United States and Caribbean territories. The Ottery Group has represented clients at public hearings, coordinated meetings with agency staff, and prepared technical reports to document a multitude of NEPA criteria, including historic resources, flood plains, wetlands, prime farmland, endangered plant and animal species, migratory bird patterns, and other types of natural and cultural resources.