Introduction To The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

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Course Title: Introduction To The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Course ID: POL-150w
Status: OPEN
Date(s): October 16, 2020: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Online-On Demand

Online-Recorded Webinar, WA
Instructor: Danny C. Reinke, PhD
Tuition: $249



In this online course, registrants will get a comprehensive overview of the National Enviromental Policy Act, starting with a description of what it is, when it's necessary, who needs to deal with it, and the different types of NEPA projects. After a review of terminology, documents, and other related laws and requirements (such as SEPA, CEQA, Endangered Species Act, etc.), the NEPA timeline will be explained, with some general strategies for process/planning.

The program is presented online via an interactive format with audio, video, and activities/knowledge check quizzes. If you are new to NEPA, or simply need a concise, clear description of the process, this course will get you up-to-speed quickly! 

Intended Audience:

This workshop is designed to serve both as a comprehensive introduction for those new to NEPA and a refresher for more experienced professionals. The course is beneficial for federal agency staff and decision makers, attorneys, consultants, as well as members of environmental organizations and interested citizens who are concerned about the environmental effects of federal actions.

Continuing Education Units: 0.40 CEUs

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Course Topics

  1. What is NEPA? 
    • Overview of when NEPA is necessarY
    • Who needs to deal with NEPA?
    • Overview of different types of NEPA projects (for individual projects, for facilities

2.    NEPA Terminology,

  • “Cumulative Impacts, EA, EIS,” etc.

3.    NEPA Documents

  • What do different types of projects need?
  • Explaining the Need for the project
  • Description of Proposed Action and Range of Alternatives - the heart of the NEPA process

4.    Overview of other laws/Requirements that affect/are effected by NEPA:

  • SEPA, CEQA, Endangered Species, Regulatory Consultation and Coordination etc.
  • Determination of Environmental Impact Significance
  • Role of Public Involvement

5.    Brief review of the NEPA timeline/process

About the Instructor

Danny C. Reinke, PhD

Danny C. Reinke, PhDDr. Reinke has more than 20 years of NEPA experience working for private consulting firms and for DoD and other federal agencies. Currently he works at Edward AFB, CA where he is a Senior Environmental Scientist for NEPA and Natural Resources issues. Before coming to Edwards AFB he worked for the Army National Guard at both the installation and NGB headquarters level where he developed the initial NEPA guidance for the Army National Guard. Dr. Reinke received a BS in Biology/Chemistry from Southwestern Oklahoma State College (1973) and a MS in Botany (1975) and PhD in Plant Ecology (1980) from the University of Kansas. Dr. Reinke is a member of numerous national and international environmental organizations and is the senior author of two books. “The NEPA Reference Guide” 1999 Battelle Press and “Endangered Species, Legal Requirements and Policy Guidance”2001 Battelle Press both coauthored with Lucinda Low Swartz.

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In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel


  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available

*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

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