The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) promotes the productive harmony between man and nature to "fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations." Avanti prepares NEPA assessments for projects ranging from national-scale industrial regulations to one-time, site-specific activities. Avanti’s NEPA documentation is prepared to withstand the rigors of public review and comment.
Support to NOAA for NEPA Implementation
Avanti staff are working at NOAA National Geodetic Survey (NGS) and Office for Coastal Management (OCM) to develop and implement programs that ensure compliance with environmental regulations, particularly NEPA. Working along-side the NGS and OCM Environmental Compliance staff, Avanti staff are developing guidance, training, and documentation for consultation and compliance.
Environmental Assessment for Eastern Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Permit
For the latest reissuance of the NPDES general permit for oil and gas operations in federal waters of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Avanti prepared an EA to evaluate potential environmental and human health impacts from the permit. Avanti considered impacts to endangered species, coastal resources, air and water quality, environmental justice concerns, and commercial and recreational fisheries resources.
Environmental Assessment for Wind Energy Data Collection Offshore Georgia
Avanti is preparing an EA that considers the environmental consequences associated with issuing an interim policy lease for data collection offshore Tybee Island, Georgia. The EA and biological assessmentincludes all potential impacts to the area, including water, air, and noise impacts, and visual simulations of the project.
Environmental Assessment for NPDES General Permit for Discharges from Large and Small Construction Activities
The EA presents an up-to-date baseline of the “affected environment” upon which Avanti evaluated the beneficial and adverse impacts of the proposed action on the human environment (i.e., the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts). Affected resources include: surface and groundwater quality; land use; cultural resources; floodplains and (Section 404) wetlands; U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) prime farmlands; wildlife habitats; endangered and threatened species; and socioeconomics, including environmental justice. The EA presents beneficial, adverse and cumulative impacts of the action on the environment and includes appropriate mitigation measures to reduce the consequences of the proposed action.