Environmental Compliance & Permitting for Utilities

Environmental Compliance & Permitting for Utilities

June 13-14, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

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

“EUCI offers excellent introductory level courses for a broad range of relevant current day utility industry topics.” – National Grid

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.

Through this comprehensive course, you’ll gain a full understanding of how to approach compliance through discussions about:

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Federal lands
  • State and local regulations
  • Clean Air Act
  • Stormwater and wastewater
  • Spill Prevention, Control, & Countermeasure (SPCC)
  • Hazardous waste

Register today or bring your team at a discounted rate, starting at 20% off for groups of five or more! 

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


Tuesday, June 13, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing

Environmental Permits: Construction

  • 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
    • NPDES & State Authority
    • Applicability for construction and permitting process
    • The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
  • Clean Air Act
    • History and overview of the Clean Air Act
    • Permit applicability

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Environmental Permits: Operational

  • Industrial Stormwater Permits
    • NPDES overview – authority and applicability
    • Industrial stormwater – Multi Sector General Permit
    • SWPPP and maintaining compliance
    • How to maintain compliance with the Clean Water Act during facility operations
  • Industrial Wastewater Permits
    • Overview of industrial wastewater permits
    • How to maintain compliance with required permits
  • Air Permits and Regulations
    • Continued overview of CAA permits
    • Equipment that may require CAA permits
    • Air Regulations that may be applicable
  • Ongoing Environmental Regulations (Federal, State, and Local) 
    • Regulatory assessment discussion
    • Staying up to date on changing regulations


Erin Grisby, Associate, Hunton Andrews Kurth

As part of the firm’s environmental practice group, Erin advises clients on regulatory and compliance issues arising under various environmental laws. She previously served as an enforcement attorney with the US Environmental Protection Agency where she gained in-depth experience in administrative law and judicial litigation.

Erin’s experience involves complex Clean Air Act (CAA) mobile source and stationary source matters, including Title V permitting and New Source Review (NSR), and matters related to new source performance standards (NSPS). Under the Clean Water Act (CWA), Erin has provided advice and counsel related to municipal and industrial  National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater and stormwater permitting. She also counsels on Oil Pollution Act compliance, from oil spill litigation to oil spill prevention regulation involving facility response plans (FRP) and spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) rules. In addition, Erin assists with regulatory and compliance matters involving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and hazardous waste management under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and relevant transboundary movement protocols. On corporate transactions, she applies her wide-ranging environmental experience and knowledge to environmental aspects of mergers and acquisitions. She also counsels on the integration of environmental justice into environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) strategies.

Erin is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and California.

Alexandra Hamilton, Associate, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Alexandra represents clients on matters arising under a wide range of federal environmental laws. She advises clients on the regulatory process, including preparing comments on rulemakings and guidance documents issued under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and Clean Water Act (CWA), counseling clients on regulatory compliance related to chemical and toxic substances, and assisting clients in the process of obtaining federal permits. Alexandra assists in representing clients in judicial challenges to rulemakings and federal permits before federal appellate and district courts. She also performs environmental due diligence in connection with the acquisition of energy and water infrastructure projects. Additionally, Alexandra has notable experience advising clients on civil and criminal enforcement defense matters and internal investigations under various environmental laws.

Alexandra regularly represents clients facing challenges under key environmental statutes, including counseling clients on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) processes for contaminated sites. She also has experience advising federal permit applicants on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) review processes. Additionally, Alexandra assists clients in responding to subpoenas and information requests.

Brooke Marcus, Partner, Nossaman

Brooke Marcus 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 attendees for 7 days after the event


Environmental Compliance & Permitting for Utilities

June 13-14, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

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 April 14, 2023 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



EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

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.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 11.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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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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