EDM’s Environmental Services Group has extensive experience working under the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and Migratory Bird Treaty Act, encompassing large, third-party, multi-agency Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, interstate permitting projects, and natural resource planning programs. EDM often works directly with the federal lead agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in facilitating section 7 consultations under the Endangered Species Act, emphasizing a proactive, yet practical, communicative approach to issue resolution in coordination with the permit applicant, land management agency, and applicable regulatory agencies.
Since 1986, the EDM team has assisted with applicable federal, state, local, and tribal permitting requirements and regulatory review processes. EDM’s Environmental Services Group regulatory focus and specialties include:
- National Environmental Policy Act
- Endangered Species Act
- Migratory Bird Treaty Act
- Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
- National Historic Preservation Act
- Linear Routing
- Wind Energy Siting
- Communication Tower Siting and Review
EDM focuses on analyses that are accurate and defensible in an effort to streamline agency and public review. This approach minimizes potential schedule delays and associated costs with the permitting processes – particularly for large or complex projects.
Incorporating federal agency guidelines with professional expertise, EDM performs routing and siting studies for linear and spatial projects. EDM has authored an in-depth summary of regulatory permitting requirements and proactive problem resolution for the Electric Power Research Institute’s International Transmission Line Reference Book (i.e., Red Book) and co-authored a detailed review of avian collision studies with communication towers for the Federal Communications Commission. EDM also specializes in topic-specific workshops or seminars on the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and how to facilitate these complex permitting processes.