National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)

Given the intricate complexities and nuances of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) it’s easy to understand why many businesses are confused. At Troutman Sanders, we draw on our thorough understanding of the law, the Section 106 process and the underlying goals and principles of the NHPA to help our clients lawfully pursue their business interests.

We frequently counsel private- and public-sector parties on the applicability of historic and cultural resource requirements in the context of NEPA. This includes advising clients on the potential exemption from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) requirements under NEPA as described in the new national programmatic agreement.

  • Represented the Georgia State Historic Preservation Section in connection with authorizing the state's submerged cultural resources legislation.
  • Advised a large municipality on the historic resource issues raised by a public water supply project. In addition to archeological resources, these issues include "traditional cultural properties."
  • Evaluated the historical implications of the Yucca Mountain high-level spent nuclear-fuel repository.
  • Advised a large wireless-communications company on SHPO issues, with a primary focus in Georgia and Virginia.