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Environmental Compliance Overview

Information for Project Contractors

As a federal agency, BPA is required to comply with certain environmental laws and regulations when it funds all or part of a project. BPA must work cooperatively with project contractors to identify the applicable requirements and ensure that they are met before a project is implemented. The earlier BPA receives necessary information from you, the more efficiently the environmental process can proceed and the sooner your project can move forward.

A BPA Environmental Compliance Lead (EC Lead) will be assigned to each contract requiring environmental review. The BPA EC Lead is responsible for reviewing a SOW before the corresponding contract is issued. Throughout the contract period, the BPA EC Lead will update and maintain information about the current status of various environmental compliance requirements on the Environmental Compliance Tab under the Work Element Details in Pisces. Questions regarding the information on the Environmental Compliance Tab should be directed to the BPA EC Lead for that contract.

If you are working with another federal agency, some of these requirements already may have been met through their processes; your BPA EC Lead can make that determination. It will be helpful for you to provide information describing previous environmental compliance or an appropriate contact at the other Federal agency.

Work Element #165 should be used to account for all time and expenses contractors spend meeting environmental compliance requirements.

Environmental Compliance Requirements Tracked in Pisces

  • The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to consider the potential environmental effects of proposed projects before making a final decision to fund, approve, or implement an action.
  • The Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides for conservation of listed animal and plant species and their habitat, and specifies consultation and permitting requirements.
  • The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires an evaluation of effects on historic properties and cultural resources, and consultation with states and affected tribes.
  • Public Involvement is required under NEPA to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on federal actions that concern or affect them.

For each of these components on the Environmental Compliance Tab, a checked box indicates that the requirement applies to that work element, whereas an unchecked box indicates the requirement does not apply to that work element. The BPA EC Lead will mark an applicable requirement complete by entering a completion date. Notes are optional; they will be used by the BPA EC Lead to communicate status of an environmental compliance component with the BPA contract manager and contractor. When all applicable components on the Environmental Compliance Tab have a completion date, environmental compliance for that work element will be deemed complete and a date will be displayed at the top of the Tab. This status will also be reflected automatically by Pisces in the status report for that work element's Environmental Compliance Milestone. As necessary, the BPA EC Lead can modify the Environmental Compliance Milestone End Date on the Environmental Compliance Tab to indicate a change in expected schedule for environmental compliance related activities.

On-the-ground work should not start until environmental compliance for a work element has been determined to be complete by the BPA EC Lead (as described above).