National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) contains a complex set of requirements that affect any business. At Troutman Sanders, it is also the cornerstone of our natural resources practice. The experience our lawyers gained while in the federal government has proven invaluable to clients as they proceed with the NEPA process.

We counsel clients on matters that range from brief environmental assessments to complex environmental impact statements. We have provided NEPA advice on projects that include hazardous liquid pipelines, hydroelectric facilities, coal-fired generators, airport projects, commercial development and highway construction. We have also done extensive work for cities seeking federal permits for water projects.

Representative Experience

  • Briefed and argued the case for the Motorcycle Industry Council in Wilderness Society v. U.S. Forest Service, a case involving the right to intervene in NEPA cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Advised the owner of an intermodal transportation facility, where rail lines served an automobile manufacturing facility and truck depot, with respect to the adequacy of NEPA compliance. We successfully represented the facility against a challenge in the Tenth Circuit.
  • Represented a major air carrier in monitoring the status of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed runway at one the of nation's largest and busiest airports. Representation included providing input to the city's aviation department on substantive matters arising under the EIS.
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