September 01, 2016

With a new update, EPA’s Supplemental Environmental Projects Policy comes of age

Caroline D. Makepeace

Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) issued a 2015 Update to the 1998 U.S. EPA Supplemental Environmental Projects Policy, which provides guidance on when and how Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) can be included in the Agency’s civil settlements under the nation’s environmental laws. SEPs are voluntary projects, not otherwise legally required, that defendants undertake as part of a settlement and that are tailored to provide environmental or public health benefits to communities affected by the violations alleged by the Agency.

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