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NAEP Webinar: Regulations and Rulings | Fiscal Responsibility Act
Thursday, June 22, 2023, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
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2023 NAEP Regulations and Rulings Webinar Series

NEPA in the Fiscal Responsibility Act

June 22, 2023 3:00 PM (ET) | 12:00 PM (PT) 

Part three of a three-part series. Register for the series to attend this webinar.  

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NAEP Members: Free
Chapter Members & Non-members: $100

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In recent sessions of Congress, there have been many attempts to reform NEPA and related environmental permitting processes. These attempts were largely unsuccessful until much of the previously introduced Building United States Infrastructure through Limited Delays and Efficient Reviews (BUILDER) Act of 2023 was incorporated into the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 which was passed by Congress and became law in early June. The Builder Act (Section 321 of the Fiscal Responsibility Act) makes the first substantive amendments to NEPA since NEPA was enacted in 1970. While many of the changes are drawn from the 2020 CEQ NEPA implementing regulations, there are important differences. This webinar will focus on the amendments to NEPA.

The original topic for this webinar was the CEQ’s proposed Phase II NEPA regulations. Because the timing of CEQ’s issuance of any proposed Phase II regulations is now even more uncertain due to the new amendments to the act, this webinar will now focus on the amendments.


Charles (Chuck) Nicholson, NAEP Elected At-Large Board Member
Senior Environmental Planner/Scientist

Dr. Nicholson has been a NAEP Member for over 10 years and is an elected NAEP Board Member and chair of the NEPA Practice Group. Chuck has 43 years of professional experience in the environmental and natural resources fields and 23 years as a NEPA compliance specialist. He has extensive experience in the preparation of EIS, EA, and CE documentation for a wide range of actions. Chuck earned his Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2004, an MS in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine in 1978, and a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1975. 

Fred Wagner, NAEP Elected At-Large Board Member
Venable LLP

Fred Wager focuses on environmental and natural resource issues, associated with major infrastructure, mining, and energy project development. Fred was appointed chief counsel of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) during the Obama administration. Fred began his career as a trial attorney in the Environment Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Misdemeanor Trial Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Venable, he spent more than 20 years in private practice at a national law firm focusing on environmental and natural resources issues.

Michelle Rau, NAEP Secretary
Senior Project Manager
Jacobs Engineering 

Michelle Rau is a Senior Project Manager and leads the NEPA Community of Practice Lead for Jacobs Engineering. She served as both the project manager and the NEPA lead for the NASA Radioisotope Heater Unit Programmatic Environmental Assessment.

Ted Boling

Perkins Coie LLP

Edward (Ted) Boling served as the country’s top National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) attorney as counsel and an associate director at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in the Executive Office of the President. Ted served at CEQ, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in Democratic and Republican administrations. His experience includes deep involvement in federal infrastructure permitting issues and the first comprehensive revision of CEQ’sNEPA regulations in 40 years. Drawing on over 30 years of high-level public service, Ted currently advises leaders on infrastructure development projects, agencies that must hire outside counsel, and the environmental professionals that support them on the development of renewable energy, resource development, transportation, and transmission infrastructure. 

David Brewster
Senior Environmental Manager
Universal Engineering Sciences (UES)

David has over 20 years of professional experience in the environmental investigation, remediation, and compliance fields.
He has 13 years preparing NEPA documentation as author and technical reviewer. He leads the UES NEPA practice team and has performed extensive work for Department of Defense and private company clients with regulatory compliance and permitting throughout the United States. David is a Board-Certified Environmental Professional and a member of the NAEP. 


Part three of a three-part series. Register for the series to attend this webinar.

Register for the Series

Learn more about the full Regulations and Rulings series!