NEPA Guidance & Documentation
What is NEPA?
Signed into law on January 1, 1970, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was one of the first laws to establish a national framework for protecting our environment.
NEPA’s key policy is to assure that all branches of government consider the environment prior to undertaking any major federal action. Using the NEPA process, agencies evaluate environmental and related social and economic effects of their proposed action. The NEPA process also provides opportunities for public review and comment.
What is KLT Group’s Experience with NEPA?
KLT Group has successfully guided the following agencies through various aspects of the NEPA process:
- Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
- Federal Highway Administration (FTA)
- Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)
- Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA)
- Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
- Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- DC Department of Transportation (DDOT)
- National Park Service (NPS)
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS)
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USCOE)
- Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
Through a systematic interdisciplinary approach, KLT Group ensures agencies meet their obligations under NEPA, including the documentation of environmental impact statements and environmental assessments.
Sustainability / ESMS
What is a Sustainability Plan?
Sustainability plans sets clear goals and priorities in the areas of emissions and energy, company operations, nature and ecosystems, health and well-being, culture and staff training. Sustainability plans also encourage employees and leadership to pilot sustainability solutions throughout a university, corporation, or agency.
KLT Group has experience in developing Sustainability Plans for both the public and private sectors.
What is ESMS?
An Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS) is a set of processes and procedures that allows an organization to analyze, control and reduce the environmental impact of its activities, products and services. This will allow an organization to operate with greater efficiency and control that will ultimately reduce costs.
KLT Group has experience with:
- Identifying an organization’s environmental aspects and associated impacts
- Developing and establishing programs to mitigate risks associated with the threats and opportunities
- Identifying objectives and goals associated with programs
- Identifying compliance obligations
- Reviewing progress of the ESMS and making improvements
Why Apply for a Grant?
Grants are non-repayable funds disbursed by grant makers, often a government department, corporation, foundation or trust, to a recipient. The recipient is typically a nonprofit entity, educational institution, business or an individual. In other words, grant funds help your company or organization move forward with a feasibility study, conceptual engineering and/or construction of a project with grant maker funds.
KLT Group has successfully written and won millions of dollars in grant funds for both the private and public sectors.
KLT Group is at the forefront with identifying process improvements and innovative environmental management solutions through experience and a solid understanding of environmental regulations.
A sampling of KLT Group process improvement projects includes:
Programmatic Agreement Development
KLT Group identified the need, and is working toward the development of a Programmatic Agreement (PA) between a Federal, State, and Local Historical Trust for projects with limited impacts. Development of the PA will reduce time, costs, and limit the number of staff needed in the Section 106 review process for small scale projects.
Development of a Visual/Virtual NEPA Documentation Process
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) emphasize in their guidelines that NEPA documents be concise and easy for the public to understand. Environmental documentation is far from succinct. Current documentation is extensive, technical and difficult for the public to understand.
Using current technologies, KLT Group is currently developing an online interactive GIS tool for agencies and the public to review, propose alignments and mitigation locations, and allow for the public to comment directly online. The result will be a streamlined NEPA and documentation process.
Suitable Location Assessment Model
Numerous private and public sector Transit Oriented Development (TOD) divisions constantly research and identify potential sites to purchase for TOD opportunities. Through considerable experience, KLT Group recognizes the hours of staff time needed to review real estate maps, identify environmental constraints, and expansion opportunities for potential sites. Therefore, KLT Group is currently overseeing the development of a GIS model that will allow a user to identify a location and receive a notice as to existing constraints and potential expansion opportunities with one click on Google Earth.