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NEPA Updates

Monday, August 24
1:35–2:15 PM PT | 4:35–5:15 PM ET

About the Session

On July 15, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quailty (CEQ) announced its final rule modernizing NEPA regulations to streamline the development of infrastructure projects. This final rule comprehensively updates, modernizes, and clarifies the regulations to facilitate more efficient, effective, and timely NEPA reviews by Federal agencies in connection with proposals for agency action. Please join us as we discuss how the rule will improve interagency coordination in the environmental review process, promote earlier public involvement, increase transparency, and enhance the participation of States, Tribes, and localities. We will review how these updated processes will also reduce paperwork and delays, and promote better decisions consistent with the national environmental policy set forth in section 101 of NEPA.

  • NEPA

About the Speakers


Mary B. Neumayr
Council on Environmental Quality

Mary B. Neumayr is the current Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). She was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019, and sworn in as Chairman on January 10, 2019. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Neumayr had been serving as CEQ’s Chief of Staff since March 2017.

Before joining CEQ, Ms. Neumayr served in a variety of positions with the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the United States House of Representatives, including as Deputy Chief Counsel, Energy and Environment (2017); Senior Energy Counsel (2011-2017); and Counsel (2009-2010). Ms. Neumayr also served as Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Nuclear Programs at the Department of Energy (2006-2009) and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice (2003-2006).

Prior to her Government service, Ms. Neumayr was in private legal practice from 1989 through 2003 in New York and San Francisco. She received her B.A. from Thomas Aquinas College and J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

 Edward "Ted" Boling

Edward "Ted" Boling, Esq.
Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act
Council on Environmental Quality

Edward (Ted) Boling is the Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), a position he assumed in January of 2016 after upon his return to CEQ after five years at the Department of the Interior. He has over 25 years of experience in environmental and natural resources law. 

Ted served as Deputy Solicitor for Parks & Wildlife at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he supervised the work of the Solicitor's Office in support of programs of the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ted joined the Department in August of 2010, as Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management where he focused on land management planning and renewable energy development and was Deputy Solicitor for Land Resources from April of 2011 to July of 2013. Before Interior, Ted served ten years at CEQ as Deputy General Counsel beginning in August of 2000, General Counsel beginning in January of 2008, and Senior Counsel from September of 2009.

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