HGA provides environmental services for both HUD and FEMA funded projects. HGA’s environmental experts can help you minimize obstacles and work through NEPA and all Federal laws to ensure environmental compliance.
HGA’s HUD environmental services:
Our experts use their experience to ensure regulatory permit requirements are followed, public notices are advertised on a timely basis, all checklists and forms are completed properly, and ensure the Environmental Review Record (ERR) is complete.
- HUD Tiered Environmental Reviews—Streamlined environmental review process for single-family homeowner recovery programs.
- Release of Funds Process Oversight
- Publish a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
- Publish the Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds (NOI/RROF)
- Submit completed (RROF) HUD Form 7015.15: Request for Release of Funds
- File HUD Form 7015.16: Authority to Use Grant Funds (AUGF)
- Determining which level of Environmental Review is required:
- Exempt Activities
- Categorical Exclusions Not Subject to §58.5
- Categorical Exclusions Subject to §58.5
- Environmental Assessments (EA)
- Performing National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Reviews.
- Preparing environmental review record (ERR) files to withstand monitoring and audits.
HGA’s FEMA environmental services:
Steps taken to strengthen or rebuild communities post disaster can have long-term environmental and cultural impacts. FEMA’s Environmental Assessment process ensures compliance with the over 30 federal regulations, directives, and legal mandates in addition to a number of State laws and codes, that are in place to protect our valuable resources. HGA has the ability to complete FEMA’s Environmental Assessment and Eight-Step Planning Process for Floodplain and Wetland Management as part of the Hazard Mitigation Application or Phase I Project Deliverables. The Environmental Assessment is submitted to FEMA’s EHP Team for review and concurrence prior to the start of any construction. FEMA’s Environmental Assessment and Eight-Step Process that HGA follows includes:
- A clear written description of the entire scope of work, including any alternatives that may be under consideration, and any additional work, not funded by FEMA.
- Any studies, plans, drawings, sketches, or schematics are provided to help understand the entire project.
- Photos showing the proposed project area in the context of its surroundings.
- Maps to identify project location and area floodplain and wetland locations.
- Letters of No Objection (LONO) from the applicable agencies.
- Documented public involvement through public notices, comments, and responses.
- Evaluation of alternative mitigation methods or routes that may apply.
- Publishing of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
- If applicable, identification of potential impacts and mitigation measures identified for adverse effects.