The National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) was enacted into law on January 1, 1970. According to the United States According the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 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 their own respective statutes (SEPA) that are similar to NEPA. In an nut shell, 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 their own reporting requirements for such assessments.
Headwater has experience in preparing an assortment of environmental documents. Moreover, we have the experience to navigate your project through the regulatory process. It would be our pleasure to assist you with your project. Please contact our Wilmington or Asheville office with any questions.