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Federal Agency Consideration of GHG Emissions and Climate Change in NEPA Reviews
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This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown bag) event.

When: Friday, November 20, 2015
From Noon to 1:30 PM
Where: Beveridge & Diamond
1350 I Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, District of Columbia  20002
United States
Presenter: Fred Wagner (B&D) and Manisha Patel (CEQ)
Contact: Hana Vizcarra

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The WCEE Lunch and Learn Series presents


Federal Agency Consideration of GHG Emissions and
Climate Change in NEPA Reviews

In December of 2014, the White House Council on Environmental Quality ("CEQ") published revised draft guidance for federal agencies on when and how to consider the effects of greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions and climate change when evaluating the environmental effects of proposed agency actions under the National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA").  

Join WCEE for a lunchtime discussion of the CEQ's revised draft guidance with Fred Wagner, shareholder at Beveridge & Diamond P.C. and leader of the firm's Natural Resources and Project Development Practice Group, and Manisha Patel, Deputy General Counsel for CEQ. Our speakers will discuss the contents of CEQ's draft guidance and some of the issues raised in comments submitted by a variety of stakeholders.  They will also discuss the potential impact of final guidance on agency decision-making, project permitting, and the quality of federal environmental reviews. 

Date: Friday, November 20, 2015

Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Venue: Beveridge & Diamond PC, 1350 I Street, NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20005

Cost: $0 (WCEE members); $15 (non-WCEE members)

Closest Metro: McPherson Square Metro

Please note that this is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; please feel free to bring your lunch

WCEE is grateful to Beveridge & Diamond for use of its conference facilities

Fred Wagner served as Chief Counsel of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) from 2011 to 2014.  Mr. Wagner leads Beveridge & Diamond’s Natural Resources and Project Development Practice Group.  He originally joined the firm in 1991 and was named a Principal in 2000.  His practice focuses on major project and infrastructure development, including environmental reviews, permitting and approvals from a variety of federal and state natural resources agencies, and litigation defense of project decisions and policies. In addition to Mr. Wagner’s tenure at FHWA, his government experience includes serving as a Trial Attorney in the Environment Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Misdemeanor Trial Section of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.  Fred edits the Firm's blog, "EnviroStructure," which follows a wide variety of legal and policy issues impacting infrastructure development.

Manisha D. Patel, Deputy General Counsel, White House Council on Environmental Quality Manisha D. Patel serves as the Deputy General Counsel for the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) within the Executive Office of the President. Prior to serving in her current capacity, Ms. Patel served as the Deputy Associate Director for Regulatory Policy at CEQ. At CEQ, Ms. Patel works closely with Federal agencies, state and local governments, stakeholders, and other White House offices to develop policies and initiatives that advance the President’s environmental, natural resources, and energy agenda. She coordinates interagency efforts to modernize the federal infrastructure permitting process. Ms. Patel is part of the team that is implementing the Administration’s commitment to building safe, reliable, and resilient infrastructure in a manner that safeguards our communities and the environment. Since beginning her career in federal environmental law two decades ago, Ms. Patel has steadfastly and successfully advocated for innovative solutions to intractable problems. Ms. Patel is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Georgetown University Law Center. She is an alumnus of the Executive Energy Leadership Academy at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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