Federal Environmental Policy Update: Upcoming Regulatory Changes that Affect Industry and Development

When: Thursday, June 27th – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Where: GoToWebinar

Many of the most significant federal statutes regarding environmental protection and policy became law in the 1970s. However, these 1970’s-era laws are not static. Changing perspectives, scientific understanding, priorities and political views all affect how these laws are implemented. While the text of laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and Endangered Species Act (ESA) have not changed, the federal regulations which implement these laws are subject to change. Furthermore, the outcomes of litigation can also affect how these laws are interpreted and enforced.

This webinar will discuss some of the recent and proposed changes to regulations derived from these laws and the implications for industry and development. We will address ongoing major revisions to federal policy regarding environmental assessments and environmental impact.

For each of the following topics, we will discuss how industry, development, and redevelopment of real estate may be affected:

  • Proposed executive branch initiative for one federal decision which would integrate environmental permitting and NEPA review
  • Proposed limits to NEPA document length and review deadlines
  • Revised NEPA regulations from the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
  • Proposed changes under the CWA, including a proposal from the US Environmental Protection Agency regarding the Waters of the US rule. This proposal would alter the definition of protected water bodies and wetlands and will have implications for industry and development nationwide.
  • Potential changes to the CWA include a case presented to the US Supreme Court which may extend jurisdiction of the CWA to groundwater
  • Proposed changes to how threatened and endangered species and critical habitat are designated under the ESA.

Can’t attend live? You should still register! We’ll be sending out slides and the recording of the webinar to all registrants. Anyone is welcome to attend, please share among your peers. Attendees will receive CEUs for their participation.


Meet the Speakers


Daniel DeJoode Headshot

Daniel R. DeJoode, PH.D.
Senior Scientist

Dr. DeJoode is an ecologist with over 25 years of environmental impact assessment experience. He has recognized expertise in natural science and a solid understanding of environmental regulations and permitting from project work across the country. He is well versed in permitting for impacts to wetlands, public waters, and endangered species as required by federal and state statutes.

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Jennifer Wolff, PG
Senior Scientist

As a Senior Scientist, Jenn has extensive experience in managing disaster relief environmental projects, contamination investigations and remediation.


Daniel DeJoode, Ph.D. Senior Scientist

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