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Comprehensive Support For CATEX And NEPA Actions

Jason Hammond March 24, 2023

Depending on your project, the federal government may have close involvement with the process. Whether you are receiving federal funding, federal permits or access to federal land, you may encounter complications due to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA obligates the government to review environmental impacts such as pollution during a project’s planning stage.

At The Law Office of Frank Hammond LLC, we work to preserve your plans by representing you in NEPA and environmental law cases. Based in Portland, our firm meticulously addresses NEPA actions for developers, corporations and government entities across Oregon.

Why Categorical Exclusions Are Preferable

Not all projects require a NEPA action. Some projects may qualify as a categorical exclusion (CATEX) if they are not likely to have a significant environmental impact. Qualification for CATEX is ideal because you would not have to complete a complex assessment under NEPA.

We carefully review projects and argue in support of a CATEX that can allow you to continue moving forward with your original plan. Each federal agency has its own list of exclusions, so it is advisable to partner with an attorney who has knowledge in NEPA regulations. We have a strong reputation within this unique area of law.

NEPA Actions And The Review Process

When a federal agency denies a request for a CATEX, we understand how to navigate the next steps. We skillfully represent clients when NEPA actions require an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An EIS involves a more comprehensive environmental review than an EA, but both methods call for thorough legal support.

When an EA or EIS is necessary, we help clients work to safeguard their interests, including by:

  • Providing effective environmental risk management

  • Drafting and reviewing NEPA documentation

  • Assessing regulations specific to the federal agencies concerned

  • Facilitating the public review phase

  • Representing clients in NEPA administrative litigation and appeals

Each project requiring NEPA review must fit into the expansive mosaic of federal environmental goals. Multiple agencies may cooperate to assess a given project, including the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which reflects how intricate this process can be.

Fortify your position with our depth of knowledge in these cases. We work toward either a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or NEPA approval for our clients’ projects so that they can resume their plans.

We Offer Total Commitment

Collaborate with a lawyer who offers personal dedication and the same level of experience as top law firms. Call or send us a message to schedule a consultation at The Law Office of Frank Hammond LLC today. Make sure to follow us on Linkedin and message us there if you have any questions.