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Lessons Learned Quarterly Report Archive

  • June 2, 2014

    Welcome to the 79th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. This issue features recent reports from IPCC on climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation options, and from USGCRP summarizing climate impacts on the United States.

  • March 4, 2014

    Welcome to the 78th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. This issue examines some recent developments and practices in the use of GIS for NEPA and related environmental reviews.

  • December 2, 2013

    Welcome to the 77th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. This issue reminds us that, through teamwork and dedication by DOE’s NEPA community, we can produce high quality documents that enhance the Department’s decisionmaking and help protect the environment.

  • September 6, 2013

    Welcome to the 76th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. This issue features a look at DOE’s NEPA performance metrics, including a historical perspective. As DOE NEPA practitioners strive to control time and cost while maintaining quality, this most recent NEPA metrics analysis shows that overall performance generally appears to have remained stable, notwithstanding a substantial workload.

  • June 3, 2013

    Welcome to the 75th lessons learned in the NEPA process. In this issue, we highlight recent guidance by the Council on Environmental Quality and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to promote better integration of NEPA and Section 106 reviews and on the Federal Highway Administration’s Every Day Counts initiative to better integrate planning and NEPA.

  • March 1, 2013

    Welcome to the 74th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. In this issue, we highlight the many benefits of NEPA to DOE, including improved planning, and better public involvement and environmental protection.

  • December 3, 2012

    Welcome to the 73rd quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. In this issue, we highlight practices of DOE’s NEPA Community that help ensure the quality of our NEPA reviews. Emphasizing quality throughout the NEPA process is essential to meeting schedules and providing useful information to the public and decisionmakers.

  • September 5, 2012

    Welcome to the 72nd quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. This issue features suggestions from experienced NEPA practitioners on ways to meet Secretary Chu's challenge to make better use of existing tools and integrate project management with NEPA compliance.

  • June 5, 2012

    Welcome to the 71st quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. The need for timely preparation of quality EISs has not lessened since DOE initiated the NEPA Lessons Learned program in 1994. This issue provides advice on developing and maintaining EIS schedules from some of the Department’s most experienced NEPA practitioners and highlights guidance and GIS tools that can help DOE prepare NEPA documents more efficiently.

  • March 5, 2012

    Welcome to the 70th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. This issue features successful practices from recent NEPA reviews and current Council on Environmental Quality initiatives promoting efficient NEPA compliance. Thank you for your continued support of the Lessons Learned program. As always, we welcome your suggestions for improvement.

  • December 1, 2011

    Welcome to the 69th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. This issue celebrates the revision of DOE’s NEPA regulations, which became effective on November 14, 2011. The culmination of a 2-year rulemaking process, the regulations establish 20 new categorical exclusions and revise other provisions to promote efficiency and transparency. Thank you for your continued support of the Lessons Learned program. As always, we welcome your suggestions for improvement.

  • September 1, 2011

    Welcome to the 68th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. This issue features an analysis of recent NEPA performance metrics. While we are pleased that EA cost and time metrics have improved, we are continuing to analyze how to apply lessons learned from the Recovery Act experiences more broadly.

  • June 3, 2011

    Welcome to the 67th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. This issue showcases BPA’s mitigation and monitoring activities and best practices of DOE Program and Field Offices for efficiently preparing NEPA documents, involving the public, and making a difference in the quality of environmental protection.

  • March 1, 2011

    Welcome to the 66th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. This issue focuses on the Administration’s new NEPA guidance and related initiatives – on scientific integrity, regulatory improvement, mitigation and monitoring, and filing EISs – and DOE’s proposal to modernize its NEPA regulations.

  • December 1, 2010

    Welcome to the 65th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. In this issue, we conclude our celebration of the 40th Anniversary of NEPA and look forward in the year ahead to implementing new tools from the Council on Environmental Quality and finalizing our NEPA rulemaking.

  • September 1, 2010

    Welcome to the 64th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. In this issue, we feature reflections on the 40th Anniversary of NEPA from the DOE NEPA Community. We also continue to report on activities to enhance transparency in the NEPA process, including a new DOE policy and recent recommendations from CEQ.

  • June 1, 2010

    Welcome to the 63rd quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. In this issue, we continue our observance of the 40th anniversary of NEPA. This is a time to address the need to reinvigorate NEPA implementation for the next 40 years.

  • March 1, 2010

    Welcome to the 62nd quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. In this issue, we start a year-long observance of the 40th anniversary of the National Environmental Policy Act. The occasion calls for celebration of NEPA’s successes as well as reflection on opportunities for improvement.

  • December 1, 2009

    Welcome to the 61st quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. In this issue, we highlight many of the ways that the NEPA process furthers transparency in government decisionmaking.

  • September 1, 2009

    Welcome to the 60th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. We are pleased to feature the extraordinary support provided by our NCO volunteers and to introduce Scott Blake Harris, DOE General Counsel, and his plans for improving the DOE NEPA process.

  • June 1, 2009

    Welcome to the 59th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. We are pleased to feature the DOE NCO meeting and the NAEP annual conference, where streamlining the NEPA process for Recovery Act projects and consideration of climate change in NEPA documents were both addressed. We’ve begun to follow up on suggestions from the NCO meeting (below).

  • March 3, 2009

    Welcome to the 58th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. We have been very busy addressing our NEPA responsibilities arising from the recovery act as well as the new policies of the obama administration. In this issue of the Lessons Learned Quarterly Report (LLQR), we share ideas and experiences that will foster an improved and expedited NEPA compliance process.

  • December 1, 2008

    Welcome to the 57th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. We are pleased to feature the September DOE NEPA Community Meeting as well as recent case studies.

  • September 2, 2008

    Welcome to the 56th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. We are pleased to feature EPA ’s web-based tool for NEPA practitioners, as well as the new DOE NEPA Website.

  • June 1, 2008

    Welcome to the 55th quarterly report on lessons learned in the NEPA process. We are pleased to feature the recent NAEP conference, Changing Climates, thanks to our on-the-scene reporter Carolyn Osborne. There are also several articles related to global climate change and NEPA.