ICF Environment NEPA, CEQA, + SEPA


ICF International supports clients in preparing legally defensible environmental impact assessments through services related to U.S. federal, regional, and state environmental regulations, including NEPA, CEQA, and SEPA.



ICF helps clients develop efficient, effective strategies to avoid potential liabilities that can arise during the environmental review process. We frequently work on time-sensitive projects and offer in-house resources throughout the project lifecycle, in areas ranging from project planning to greenhouse gases to community outreach.

ICF offers a broad range of expertise and services related to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), including:

  • Project design concepting and assistance
  • Air quality, traffic, noise, and water quality analysis
  • Biological and cultural resource assessments
  • Preparation of joint documents for U.S. federal and state agencies
  • Document preparation for federal approval under areas including the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and cultural resources laws
  • Community outreach and comment analysis

With our extensive work in policy and in the field, ICF stays at the forefront of the emerging actions and trends that impact environmental regulatory compliance, such as:

  • Court decisions
  • Statutory and regulatory changes
  • Climate change analysis
  • Emergency response planning
  • Alternative energy sources and green technologies
  • Public health

Featured Resources

  • Nationally recognized expertise—ICF environmental specialists include several nationally recognized authors on NEPA, CEQA, and SEPA. These experts literally “wrote the book” on NEPA (The NEPA Book: A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Comply With the National Environmental Policy Act) and CEQA (CEQA Deskbook: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Comply with the California Environmental Quality Act).
  • Implementation, streamlining, and improvement of environmental programs—ICF relies on its knowledge of NEPA and CEQA to help agencies develop and streamline their environmental programs and procedures. We also conduct operational audits of a variety of local CEQA programs and recommend approaches to improve and streamline environmental review procedures.
  • Regulatory compliance—ICF has unique strengths in understanding and applying federal and state laws, regulations, and court decisions. Many of these experts have worked in agencies or closely with them for many years, bringing hands-on knowledge of critical processes and compliance needs.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and deep technical knowledge—ICF employs these competencies to identify potential obstacles and procedural efficiencies throughout the process from environmental review to final approval, saving our clients time and money and working closely with lead agencies to develop a well-planned strategic approach for each project.
  • Environmental education—ICF leads one of the premier environmental training programs in the country. Each year we organize and conduct dozens of training programs on NEPA, CEQA, SEPA, the Endangered Species Act, historic preservation laws, local planning, and related topics.
  • Preparation of interdisciplinary NEPA, CEQA, and SEPA documents—Using interdisciplinary teams and an integrated approach, ICF routinely prepares environmental assessment documents for state, federal, and local agencies under NEPA, CEQA, and SEPA. We have expertise in all aspects of environmental management from project initiation through mitigation design and on-the-ground implementation.
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
  • California Department of Water Resources
  • California High Speed Rail Authority
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • City of Kirkland, Washington
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
    • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Oregon State University
  • Port of Long Beach
  • Port of Los Angeles
  • Port of Seattle
  • Ports of Vancouver, Washington
  • Powder River Coal, LLC
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • University of California, Merced
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
    • Army Corps of Engineers
    • Navy
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • U.S. Department of Interior
    • Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
    • Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
    • Federal Highway Administration
    • Federal Transit Administration
    • Surface Transportation Board
  • U.S. National Park Service
  • Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
  • Project

    Environmental Program Support Services for DOD's Missile Defense Agency

    ICF is currently supporting the Department of Defense (DOD) Missile Defense Agency (MDA) environmental program. ICF prepares NEPA documents, noise analyses, and permit applications and supports the development of policy, directives, and strategies for environmental compliance, including MDA’s environmental management system (EMS).

  • Project

    Environmental Program Support Services for FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation

    ICF assists FAA in completing the NEPA analyses required for licenses and permits for commercial space launch operations; complying with special purpose laws related to NEPA; developing NEPA analysis tools; and supporting the office’s environmental management system (EMS).

  • Project

    Wave Energy Mobile Ocean Test Berth NEPA

    ICF is under contract with the National Northwest Renewable Energy Center and Oregon State University (NNMREC/OSU) to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for their proposed Wave Energy Mobile Ocean Test Berth (MOTB).

  • Project

    Ferry/Gateway District and Waterfront Park EIS

    ICF led a team to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the City of Bainbridge Island’s proposals for the Ferry and Gateway Districts and a portion of its Core District encompassing Waterfront Park.

  • Project

    Environmental Projects for NASA Ames Research Center

    ICF has worked on several projects supporting NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

  • Project

    Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards EIS

    ICF supported the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in preparing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 2012–2016 new CAFE rulemaking setting mile-per-gallon requirements for passenger cars and light trucks.

  • Project

    California High Speed Train—Anaheim to Los Angeles

    ICF is currently preparing a draft project level Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Los Angeles to Anaheim segment of the proposed California High-Speed Train project.

  • Project

    EIR/EIS for 2008 LRDP Amendment and UCP Amendment

    Since 2008, ICF has assisted in the preparation of a joint Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the development of the 815-acre Merced campus of the University of California (UC Merced) and the adjacent 1,951-acre University Community.

  • Project

    West Fry Mountain Wind Energy Center Project EIS

    ICF is preparing third-party Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and support aspects of the environmental analysis and planning process, including examining socioeconomic and off-highway vehicle (OHV) issues for the proposed project.

  • Project

    Rockies Express Eastern Phase (REX East) Project

    ICF served as FERC’s third-party contractor to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the REX East project, which includes 640 miles of 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio—one of the largest natural gas pipelines ever constructed in North America.

  • Project

    Big Eddy-Knight Transmission Project Resource Impact Study

    To assist Bonneville Power Administration in completing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Big Eddy-Knight Transmission Project, ICF is writing resource reports for six resource areas.

  • Project

    San Pedro Waterfront Project EIS/EIR

    ICF prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the redevelopment of the San Pedro waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles, a comprehensive redevelopment and deindustrialization of more than 400 acres along an eight-mile stretch of waterfront.

  • Project

    Downtown Area Planned Action EIS

    ICF prepared a Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that addressed land use, aesthetics, transportation, greenhouse gases, utilities, and public services, and prepared a Supplemental EIS addressing additional on- and off-site alternatives.

  • Project

    On-Call Process Improvement to NEPA Delegation

    As part of a two-and-a-half-year contract, ICF is assisting Caltrans Headquarters by providing on-call environmental strategy and process improvement consulting services.

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