Maintaining Balance Between the Natural and Built Environments – Environmental regulations are enacted to protect and preserve our valuable natural resources. To maintain regulatory compliance and promote environmental sustainability, GEI develops balanced project solutions that meet both client goals and regulatory requirements.
Dynamic Regulatory Environment – Regulatory language and the implementation of environmental law is subject to constant change. Political influence and the evolution of public opinion can have significant effects on how environmental regulations impact a project. GEI environmental planners and regulatory specialist are experts at interpreting and applying these complex regulations to projects.
Personal Relationships with Regulators and Clients – Development of permittable project plans and the acquisition of required permits can be a challenging task. GEI maintains close relationships with clients to facilitate open and productive dialogue and understands this is an integral part of moving projects from conception to implementation. Equally important, we promote and sustain mutually-respectful relationships with key regulatory agency personnel so projects can be authorized in the most streamlined manner possible.
Project Life Cycle Understanding – To effectively support a variety of projects, GEI environmental planners and regulatory specialists understand project-specific challenges, consider feasible alternatives, and develop defensible strategies early in the planning process. Experience with a diverse range of project types and clients is required to effectively identify constraints that may have a critical impact during different stages of project planning and implementation.
Science-Based Defensible Solutions – During a time when projects can be challenged for a variety of environmental, cultural, or social reasons, the implementation of structured science-based investigations is critical to the development of defensible solutions. GEI establishes an appropriate level of scientific study early in the planning process to assess a project’s potential impacts and lay the groundwork for development of effective NEPA/CEQA documents and permit applications.
Many projects must meet a multitude of overlapping and sometimes conflicting federal, state, and local requirements. The GEI environmental planning and regulatory team has a deep knowledge of the intricacies of these regulatory processes and proven experience obtaining permits with feasible permit terms.
Working closely with our clients, we develop and implements project-specific permitting strategies to navigate NEPA/CEQA and obtain permits based on our technically-defensible scientific analyses and regulatory expertise. These integrative strategies allow our clients to meet strict permitting requirements while providing feasible and cost-effective approaches to project implementation.
Completing NEPA/CEQA and obtaining permits within constrained schedules is what we do. GEI uses our extensive technical capabilities, long-standing relationships with regulatory agency staff, and creative thinking to find solutions to meet our clients’ needs. Because our staff are experienced with a wide variety of clients, we can look ahead and understand the permitting critical path for many types of projects.
Many of GEI’s regulatory specialists are also biologists and/or are experienced in natural resources protection and management. GEI regulatory specialists also include former regulatory agency staff, which give us an in-depth understanding of agency requirements and the ability to anticipate many agencies’ requests. This experience and background allow GEI to develop complete permit applications, resulting in a streamlined permitting process.
Our extensive in-house expertise with the NEPA, CEQA, Clean Water Act, federal and state Endangered Species Acts, Rivers and Harbors Act, Federal Emergency Management Act, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, National Historic Preservation Act, and numerous other federal, state, and local laws and regulations means GEI understands the full picture – what it takes to get a project permitted and implemented.