Environmental Compliance & Permitting for Utilities

Environmental Compliance & Permitting for Utilities

January 26-27, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“Time well-spent! I already have a checklist for applying the principles.” – Liberty Utilities

Understanding permitting issues is essential for a project’s success.  Environmental concerns and local requirements can vary widely from project to project, with the potential to significantly de-rail both schedule and budget. It is important to invest time and resources to identify site-specific permits and their potential risks early on.

This course will help you identify what permits may be necessary for your project and how you can plan your compliance approach early on. Starting off with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the class will transition into Endangered Species Act (ESA), federal lands, state and local regulations, Clean Air Act, and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about operational permits when it comes to environmental compliance, including stormwater, wastewater, air, SPCC, and hazardous waste management.

Learning Outcomes  

  • Identify necessary environmental permits and the required and/or advisable field surveys
  • Review NEPA, T&E species, and ESA and how they all relate to construction permits
  • Review how to consult with agencies as necessary and how to obtain approval from respective agencies
  • Discuss details on Cultural Resources and Historic Properties, USACE approval, and Waters of the United States when it comes to construction permits
  • Master how to coordinate activities and how to plan for post construction close-out requirements
  • Grasp the importance of industrial stormwater, wastewater, and air permits at an operational standpoint
  • Recognize the ongoing environmental regulations on a federal, state, and local level


Wednesday, January 26, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing

Construction Permits

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Approval
    • Overview of NEPA
    • Understanding when NEPA applies and how NEPA can affect project timeline and risk
  • Threatened & Endangered (T&E) Species and the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
    • Brief overview of ESA
    • Identifying risk and authorization pathways
  • Federal Lands
    • Brief overview of federal lands statutes
    • Considerations when pursuing authorization for construction on federal lands
  • State Regulations (State Waters Programs; State Species Programs) 
    • Overview of considerations when considering state requirements
    • Understanding how state requirements can impact project timelines and risk
    • Examples
  • Local Regulations (Siting Permits; Zoning)
    • Overview of considerations when considering local requirements
    • Understanding how local requirements can impact project timelines and risk
    • Examples
  • Cultural Resources and Historic Properties
    • Overview of the National Historic Preservation Act and State Historical Preservation Offices
    • Discussion of survey considerations and requirements for agency coordination
  • USACE Approval
    • Brief history and overview of the Clean Water Act
  • Waters of the United States Overview (404) 
    • Overview of what activities need a 404 permit
    • Overview of nationwide permits and individual permits
    • Specific considerations when using nationwide permits
  • Stormwater Overview
    • SWPPP preparation basics
    • How to maintain compliance with the Clean Water Act during construction
  • Clean Air Act
    • Brief history and overview of the Clean Air Act overview
    • CAA concerns during construction
    • How to maintain compliance with the Clean Air Act during construction
  • Emergency Management, Toxic Substances, and SPCC Plans
    • Proper planning prior to construction activities
    • Material management during construction
    • How to prepare to and comply with SPCC

Thursday, January 27, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Operational Permits

  • Industrial Stormwater Permits
    • Multi Sector General Permit overview
    • SWPPP preparation
    • How to maintain compliance with the Clean Water Act during facility operations
  • Wastewater Permits
    • Basic overview of wastewater permits that may be applicable for the duration of the project
    • How to maintain compliance with required permits
  • Air Permits
    • Basic overview of CAA permits may be required for the duration of the project
    • Equipment that may require CAA permits
  • SPCC / Hazardous Waste Management
    • Effective long-term Hazardous Waste Management
    • How to prepare to and comply with SPCC for the duration of the project
  • Ongoing Environmental Regulations (Federal, State, and Local) 
    • Overview of local environmental regulations that may apply for the duration of the project
    • Learn which of these may affect your project and how you can plan to comply


Sarah Eastin, Regulatory Specialist, Black & Veatch

Sarah Eastin is a Regulatory Specialist with Black & Veatch’s Environmental Services business unit. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and has close to 20 years of experience in the environmental and sustainability sector. Sarah’s technical competency provides whomever she works with a broad knowledge of environmental compliance and natural resources management. In her current role with Black & Veatch, her focus is on securing environmental clearances as well as federal, state, and local permits and due diligence reviews.

In addition, Sarah is experienced in development of environmental management plans, project design and NEPA reviews, multi-media environmental inspections and assessments, environmental sampling and data analysis, environmental cleanup and restoration, spill response and cleanup, solid waste and recycling programs management, utilities management, landscape design, water quality, floodplain and flood management, wetland delineation, botanical and wildlife identification, as well as training, outreach, and education.

Brooke Wahlberg, Partner, Nossaman

Brooke Wahlberg is a natural resources lawyer focused on powering the economy while maintaining compliance with environmental laws. She is go-to counsel for matters involving the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), Clean Water Act (CWA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Brooke counsels some of the nation’s largest electric generation and transmission companies; wind, solar, and storage energy companies; pipeline companies; real estate developers; governmental entities; species conservation bankers; investment companies; and mining companies. She works with them on policy-level and project-specific issues arising under ESA, BGEPA, MBTA, CWA, and NEPA. She currently assists in the development of dozens of Habitat Conservation Plans and BGEPA permits, as well as several other ESA, BGEPA and CWA compliance efforts. These efforts span across several industries (wind energy, solar energy, electric transmission and distribution, water infrastructure, and timber management) and occur within every region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Brooke assists wind, solar, storage, pipeline, and transmission line project developers with federal, state, and local environmental and land use permitting strategies. Brooke also advises clients on policy-level issues related to the ESA, BGEPA, MBTA, and NEPA and often represents her clients in Washington D.C. on related policy issues.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

Event Standard RateAttendees
Single Connection - Environmental Compliance & Permitting for UtilitiesUS $ 1195.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 4,780.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,365.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 14,340.00
Call us at 303.770.8800 if you have any specific questions on the volume discounts
* all other discounts do not apply to license packs

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before December 17, 2021 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations and open discussion.

Who Should Attend 

This information will be helpful for anyone who may plan or permit construction projects as well as stakeholders within the utility, telecom, water, and power business industries.

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