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The NCAEP uses this site to keep our members and the public informed on the latest news and events concerning the environment and the environmental profession in North Carolina. Use the links below to access and comment on the latest news and postings.

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  • 06 Nov 2020 9:32 AM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    This joint NAEP–ACRA webinar brings together cultural heritage and NEPA practitioners and attorneys to unpack the new NEPA definitions of Direct and Indirect Impacts, and Effects and discuss how these changes affect cultural resources review under Section 106 and NEPA. The panelists, Mathew Adams, Michael D. Smith Ph.D., and Heather Miller, Ph.D., along with moderator Marion Werkheiser, will highlight the recent James River transmission line court ruling (National Parks Conservation Association et al vs. Semonite) as a backdrop for the discussion. The panelists ask, “how would the James River court ruling be different under the new definitions?” The panelists will recap the court case, look at the new vs. old language and how it might have affected the ruling and its impact on future cases. They briefly present the history of the NEPA–106 process, assess traditional understandings of NHPA, and discuss how the new definition of effects will change consideration of cultural resources.

    Marion Werkheiser ties it all together and outlines several caveats and teaching points for moving forward (or is it back?) with a “modernized” approach.

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • 23 Oct 2020 8:14 AM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    Experienced NEPA planners, managers, decision-makers, environmental engineers/scientists/ specialists, consultants, regulators, applicants and attorneys who require an in-depth understanding of the New Final Rule: “Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act," NEPA law, policy, and project management are invited to register for the NAEP Advanced National Environmental Policy Act Workshop.

    NAEP will host the workshop four times, once in each of four time zones. You only need to register for one workshop as the content is the same for all dates. 

    Workshops begin at 8:00 AM in their respective time zones. Please plan to attend the workshop that best accommodates your schedule.

    Register for the workshop here!

    Date

     Time Zone

    Friday, October 23, 2020

     Eastern  

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020

     Central

    Monday, November 16, 2020

     Pacific

    Thursday, December 3, 2020

     Hawaii

    Pricing

    • NAEP Members: $225
    • Non-Member Government: $275
    • Non-Member Chapter-Only: $315
    • Non-Members: $350



  • 25 Sep 2020 5:00 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    Wow Wednesday Stormwater Webinars

    2020-2021 Webinar Series

    Every Third Wednesday from 11am-12pm

    Presented by: NC Department of Environmental Quality – Stormwater Program

    Attend a series of Free webinars for a year to hear industry professionals, DEMLR Stormwater staff, and local representatives provide information about all things stormwater! Industrial stormwater management, Green Infrastructure, Stormwater Control Measure design, Public Education and much more. A bonus is that you can fulfill your professional development needs. Registration for the webinars are open monthly.

    https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/energy-mineral-and-land-resources/stormwater/stormwater-program/training-outreach-0

  • 15 Sep 2020 5:39 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    Nationwide Permits (NWPs) authorize certain activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing to reissue its existing NWPs and associated general conditions and definitions, with some modifications. We are also proposing to issue five new NWPs. Two of those proposed new NWPs would authorize certain categories of mariculture activities (i.e., seaweed and finfish mariculture) that are not authorized by NWP 48. We are proposing to divide the current NWP that authorizes utility line activities (NWP 12) into three separate NWPs that address the differences in how different linear projects are constructed, the substances they convey, and the different standards and best management practices that help ensure those NWPs authorize only those activities that have no more than minimal adverse environmental effects. Specifically, we are proposing to modify the current utility line NWP 12 to authorize only oil and natural gas pipeline activities. Two proposed new NWPs would authorize activities associated with the construction, maintenance, repair, and removal of electric utility lines/telecommunication lines and utility lines that convey water, sewage, and other substances. The fifth proposed new NWP would authorize discharges of dredged or fill material into jurisdictional waters for the construction, expansion, and maintenance of water reuse and reclamation facilities. We are proposing these modifications to simplify and clarify the NWPs, reduce burdens on the regulated public, and continue to comply with the statutory requirement that these NWPs authorize only activities with no more than minimal individual and cumulative adverse environmental effects. The Corps is requesting comment on all aspects of these proposed nationwide permits.

    Submit comments on or before November 16, 2020.

    https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/15/2020-17116/proposal-to-reissue-and-modify-nationwide-permits

  • 15 Sep 2020 5:30 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    On June 1, 2020, the EPA finalized the “Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule” to implement the water quality certification process consistent with the text and structure of the CWA. The final rule published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2020, and will become effective on September 11, 2020.

    https://www.epa.gov/cwa-401/clean-water-act-section-401-certification-rule

    https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-07/documents/clean_water_act_section_401_certification_rule.pdf

  • 15 Sep 2020 2:47 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    NAEP is excited to announce the recordings and materials from our first-ever Virtual Conference and Training Symposium are now available for purchase. If you weren't able to join us and would like to learn more from our great program of experts, now is your chance to catch up on what you missed. 

    Popular sessions from the Virtual Conference program: 

    • NEPA Updates with Mary Neumayr and Ted Boling
    • NEPA Reform: Real-World Perspectives on Streamlined Schedules, Less Expensive Process, and More Concise Documents (Take Two) with Brian Boose and Jennifer Warf
    • Miami Beach: Preservation Planning Model Update, Panel moderated by Carrie Chasteen

    The recordings and materials will be available for a limited time, until September 28, 2020. 

    Don't delay in purchasing all available session recordings and materials from the 2020 NAEP Virtual Conference and Training Symposium!
  • 07 Aug 2020 6:31 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)


    The 2020 NAEP Virtual Conference and Training Symposium (also known as the 2020 NAEP Virtual Conference) invites environmental professionals from across the United States to share in the opportunity to learn about new projects, share technical knowledge, network with other industry professionals, and experience a new and unique experience. The 2020 NAEP Virtual Conference will cover a variety of topics and tracks including NEPA, Climate Change, Transportation, Planning and Permitting, Wildlife, Ethics, and Career Development!

    For more information and to register, click here!

  • 20 Feb 2020 6:05 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    The NC Division of Water Resources has received an 18 month grant to update their 1997 Common Wetland Plants of NC guide and is soliciting input about what users would like to see in the new guide. The old guide is visible on the ncwetlands.org website at ncwetlands.org/learn/downloadable-materials

    Please take 5 minutes to give your feedback at this survey link.

  • 24 Jan 2020 10:13 AM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is considering updating its NEPA implementing regulations and has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modernize and clarify the regulations to facilitate a more efficient, effective, and timely NEPA review process.

    CEQ's proposed rule would incorporate elements of the One Federal Decision policy, codify certain case law and CEQ guidance, revise the regulations to reflect current technologies and agency practices, eliminate obsolete provisions, and improve the format and readability of the regulations.

    CEQ requests public comment on the NPRM. Comments should be submitted on or before March 10, 2020.

    See https://ceq.doe.gov/laws-regulations/regulations.html for instructions on how to submit comments.

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