National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Versar has a reputation for NEPA expertise based on our close working relationship with the NEPA oversight agencies – the Council for Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Our comprehensive understanding of how these agencies interpret NEPA has allowed us to provide exemplary services for a wide range of federal NEPA clients in DOD, DOE, DOI, USDA, DHS, and VA. We have produced hundreds of NEPA documents ranging from routine, inexpensive environmental assessments to controversial, multi-year, million-dollar complex environmental impact statements. Versar provides technical expertise on all NEPA resource issues and has developed a superior reputation with federal, state, and local agencies that ensures scientifically defensible NEPA documents.
We have also prepared multiple NEPA guidance documents including the following:
- Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) – Three guidance documents on biodeiversity, cumulative effects, and NEPA effectiveness
- Environmental Protection Agency – Six guidance documents on terrestrial environments, habitat, highways, cumulative impacts, ecological processes, and dispersed development from infrastructure projects
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) – One guidance document on biodiversity
Versar has addressed a broad range of complex and straightforward proposed actions under NEPA, including actions for oyster restoration, construction, alternative energy, and ecosystem restoration. Forexample, Versar prepared a Coordinated Programmatic (PEIS) for oyster restoration in Chesapeake Bay, including a quantitative risk assessment and 1,500-page final PEIS in consultation with three lead agencies and five cooperating agencies. The PEIS considered eight restoration alternatives, including combinations of ecological and economic strategies for the native oyster, the Suminoe oyster, and other non-native species.
Due significant public concern over aircraft noise at Altus Air Force Base, Versar supported public meetings with 300 citizens and successfully prepared an EIS and EA for runway improvements and real estate acquisition. Both documents resulted in the development of noise mitigation to address public concerns. The Chief of Environmental at Air Education and Training Command these documents.
In the area of alternative energy, Versar has provided NEPA support for 94 alternative energy projects for the Department of Veterans Affairs nationwide. EAs included a programmatic assessment of E-85 ethanol stations and biomass-to-energy facilities.
We also prepared US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) feasibility studies and EAs for the Barnegat Bay ecosystem in New Jersey, including an innovative geographic information system approach to problem identification; field investigations identifying 24 candidate sites; and restoration designs for six targeted restoration sites, including abandoned lagoons, wetlands, islands, and rare species habitat. The Chief of Planning for USACE–Philadelphia commended this project.
Versar supported planning for future development through the preparation of an EIS and tiered NEPA support at Fort Meade, Maryland to address cumulative effects of operation of 100+ tenant organizations. The Metropolitan District of Washington commended this project.