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Supplemental Environmental Project: General Information

Information about the SEP program

What is a SEP?

A SEP is a project that prevents pollution, reduces the amount of pollution reaching the environment, or enhances the quality of the environment. Potential SEPs include cleanups of abandoned tire sites or illegal dump sites; community collections of electronics, large municipal household items, or household hazardous waste; and pollution prevention projects that exceed regulatory requirements.

A respondent in an enforcement action may negotiate an agreement to perform a SEP in order to offset the assessed administrative penalty. All proposed SEPs should have a direct and measurable environmental benefit.

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What SEPs are available?

The SEP program offers three types of SEPs:

1) Pre-Approved SEP whereby the Respondent makes a contribution is to a Third-Party SEP;

2) Custom SEP whereby the Respondent (non-profit or government) performs the project using their own resources;

3) Compliance SEP whereby Local Governments may correct the violations alleged in the enforcement action or remediate environmental harm caused by the violations.

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What is the Commission’s approach to SEPs?

1) Whether the project meets state and regional environmental priorities;

2) Whether the project is in the same media as the alleged violation;

3) Whether the project is in or near the community where the alleged violation occurred; and

4) That the project may not be an on-site project that benefits the alleged violator, unless the respondent qualifies as a Local Government and is eligible to perform a Compliance SEP.

Why should I consider a SEP?

The SEP Program is designed to resolve enforcement actions and improve environmental quality by allowing respondents to offset their assessed administrative penalty by performing a SEP.

What are the necessary forms for proposing a SEP?

If interested in participating in a SEP:

1) Review the SEP Home Page

2) Review the SEP Statute

3) Download and complete the appropriate application form (SEP Forms)

If you have additional questions after reviewing this SEP information, please contact the SEP program at 512/239-2223 or by email at sepreports@tceq.texas.gov.

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