Permits, permits, permits! Depending on your projects, you may need to obtain reviews, permits or approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Section 408 (Rivers and Harbors Act) from the USACE, Section 404 (Clean Water Act) permits from the USACE, Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 consultation approvals from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) and/or the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act approval from the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), a Coastal Zone Consistency Determination (CZMA), and potentially numerous additional state and local permits including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA is a U.S. environmental law that established a national policy promoting the enhancement of the environment. NEPA's most significant effect was to set up procedural requirements for all federal government agencies to prepare Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs). EAs and EISs contain statements of the environmental effects of proposed federal agency actions.
We have the expertise to assess proposed projects at the conceptual stage to determine the feasibility of design and site location. We have the personnel to assure that all natural resource assessments associated with permitting processes can be accomplished in-house. Additionally, our staff is well versed in the site plan and submittal requirements for all agencies, allowing us to provide “one stop shopping” for most projects. Inherent in our permitting approach is our role as mediator and negotiator to assure projects meet the client’s purpose and need while satisfying regulatory requirements.
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