The National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) was enacted into law on January 1, 1970. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, NEPA “requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision-making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions.” Each state has its own statute (SEPA) that is similar to NEPA.
In a nutshell, if your project is receiving public funds or assistance (federal, state, or municipal), it is likely a NEPA or SEPA document will be required. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has its own reporting requirements for such assessments.
Headwater has extensive experience in preparing needed environmental documents, and we have the experience to navigate your project through the regulatory process. It would be our pleasure to assist you: Please contact our Wilmington or Asheville office with any questions.