January 15, 2019


John Tyler Community College Campus

800 Charter Colony Parkway

Midlothian, VA 23114

Contact Hours



Any transportation project involving federal funding or FHWA’s approval have to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before final decisions are made about actions that could have environmental effects. NEPA requires Federal agencies to consider environmental effects that include, among others, impacts on social, cultural, and economic resources, as well as natural resources. Citizens often have valuable information about places and resources that they value and the potential environmental, social, and economic effects that proposed projects may have on those places and resources. This course has been developed to help state and local agencies receiving federal funding, as well as consultants assisting those agencies, to understand the overall purpose of the legislation and its applicability.



8:15 – Introduction/logistics
8:45 – 9:30 – Policies and principles of NEP
9:30 – 10:00 – Break
10:15 – 11:30 – NEPA Process & Its Elements
11:30 – 12:00 – Types of NEPA Documents
12:00 – 12:30 – Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 – Types of NEPA Docs (cont.)
1:30 – 2:45 – Other Environmental Laws
2:45 – 3:00 – Break
3:00 – 3:30 – VDOT’s NEPA Process for LPAs
3:30 – 4:00 –  Environmental streamlining/accelerated project delivery


John Simkins

John Simkins is the Planning and Environment Team Leader managing the planning and environmental programs for the FHWA Virginia Division Office. He has worked in the Virginia Division Office in the environmental area for over 13 years. He has written NEPA documents, reviewed and approved NEPA documents, and developed environmental training materials for FHWA. Some of the larger NEPA documents that he has reviewed and approved include the Interstate 64 Peninsula Study, Elizabeth River Tunnels project, Coalfields Expressway, Interstate 81 Corridor Study, and the Harrisonburg Southeast Connector.

Ed Sundra

Ed Sundra is the Director of Program Development overseeing the planning, environment, right of way, and finance programs for the FHWA Virginia Division Office. He has worked for FHWA for over 28 years and in the Virginia Division Office over 26 years. Most of his time has been spent working in the environmental area where he has been responsible for coordinating, reviewing, and approving NEPA documents including Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments/Findings of No Significant Impact, and Environmental Impact Statements/Records of Decision. During his career in Virginia, he has managed the NEPA process for FHWA for a number large-scale projects including the Springfield Interchange, Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Interstate 73, SMART Highway, Charlottesville Bypass, Capital Beltway HOT Lanes, I-95 Express Lanes, Route 37 Bypass, Madison Heights Bypass, Southeastern Parkway and Greenbelt, Chesapeake Expressway, Grundy Bypass, Bi-County Parkway, Route 460, and the Hampton Roads Crossing Study.

Angel Aymond

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $75.00
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00

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