Common acronyms of the environmental industry

Common Acronyms of the Environmental Industry

Acronyms and abbreviations commonly used in the environmental industry include:

ASTM American Standards for Testing and Materials
BE Biological Evaluation
BIA Bureau of Indian Affairs
BLM Bureau of Land Management
BOR Bureau of Reclamation
CatEx or CE Categorical Exclusion
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
CWA Clean Water Act
DESCO DESCO Environmental Consultants, LP
EA Environmental Assessment
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
ESA Endangered Species Act OR Environmental Site Assessment
GIS Geographic Information Systems
HCP Habitat Conservation Plan
MBTA Migratory Bird Treaty Act
NAGPRA Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NHPA National Historic Preservation Act
NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
NPS National Park Service
NSPS New Source Performance Standards (Clean Air Act)
PCBs Polychlorinated Biphenyls (contaminants)
PETS Proposed Endangered and Threatened Species
SHPO State Historic Preservation Office
THPO Tribal Historic Preservation Office
T&E Threatened and Endangered (Species)
USACE or USACOE United States Army Corps of Engineers
USFS United States Forest Service
USFWS United States Fish and Wildlife Service