Laurel Kemper

Technical Review & Comment

Laurel Kemper
Technical Review & Comment

NATIONWIDE

ECSI was retained on behalf of a coal industry group and others to conduct a technical review of the draft Stream Protection Rule and accompanying Environmental Impact Statement and Regulatory Impact Analysis published by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. The firm led a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in mining engineering, biology, hydrology, stream restoration, financial assurance instruments and the National Environmental Policy Act to conduct a comprehensive critical review of the proposed rule, supporting documents and cited studies consisting of several thousand pages in an expedited 90-day public comment period. The conclusion of the review produced comments on the rule and its supporting documents to be submitted to OSMRE for consideration prior to publication of a final rule. In addition to the review, ECSI coordinated involvement in multiple public hearings held by OSMRE across the country and secured speaking slots for key industry personnel and elected official commenters.