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AIR INNOVATIONS CONFERENCE August 11, 2004 FACILITATING SEPS. What Is A Supplemental Environmental Project?. Applied in the enforcement context Voluntarily agreed to by the “violator” Over and above what is legally required Requires an environmental benefit

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what is a supplemental environmental project
What Is A Supplemental Environmental Project?
  • Applied in the enforcement context
  • Voluntarily agreed to by the “violator”
  • Over and above what is legally required
  • Requires an environmental benefit
  • Must have a nexus with the violation
  • Results in penalty reduction
specific sep policies
Specific SEP Policies
  • EPA has developed detailed SEP policies
    • Must improve public health or the environment
    • Cannot be inconsistent with underlying statute
    • EPA cannot manage or control the SEP funds
    • Type of project to be defined in the settlement
  • www.epa.gov/compliance/civil/program/seps
  • Many State agencies have developed their own policies, as well
seps from a violator s view
SEPs from a “Violator’s” View
  • A SEP is one way of doing good, while reducing a penalty
  • SEPs require a nexus with the community affected by the violation, as such provide an opportunity for the violator to have a positive community impact
seps from an agency s view
SEPs from an Agency’s View
  • Opportunity to obtain an environmental or public health risk benefit
  • Opportunity for innovative projects
  • Opportunity to achieve a project with minimal management/oversight costs
  • AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FUNDING
the stepp foundation
The StEPP Foundation
  • A national, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
  • Established to identify viable clean energy, energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects meeting SEP criteria
  • “StEPP” stands for Strategic Environmental Project Pipeline
  • StEPP offers a turnkey solution for funding sources looking for viable projects
stepp foundation services
StEPP Foundation Services
  • Outreach to generate project ideas
  • Project identification and screening
  • Project management and oversight
  • Management of project monies
  • Accountability
  • Collection and reporting of environmental metrics for each project per dollar spent
  • Follow up, public relations, project promotion
the stepp process
The StEPP Process
  • Written project concepts are submitted online at a screening level of detail
  • Qualifying projects are available in the Project Pipeline
  • The Project Pipeline provides a selection of fundable projects
  • StEPP matches projects w/ negotiated criteria or provides a selection of projects
second phase of the process
Second Phase of the Process
  • Once funding becomes available the applicant will be requested to submit a full proposal
    • Geographic location
    • Media/medium affected
    • Environmental category (e.g., REEE)
  • A committee made of a StEPP Board member, members of the community, experts will make its recommendation to the funding source
  • StEPP then manages the project thru completion
results
Results

The result has been the funding of projects that directly benefit the communities around our facility – projects that we would not have had an opportunity to fund if it were not for the StEPP Foundation. I strongly recommend working with the StEPP Foundation

Dennis Creamer, ConocoPhillips

reee sep examples
REEE SEP Examples
  • A refiner in Colorado funded low interest home and small business loans for REEE
  • Energy supplier settled air violations & funded alternative energy projects including solar panel installations
  • Airport air violations settlement included replacement of traditional lights with energy efficient lighting
other examples
Other Examples
  • Solar panel installation for snow making at a ski area
  • Settlement funding into an escrow account used to pay for wind power over 5 years
  • University air violations resolution included improved insulation of campus buildings
  • CONTACT US: www.steppfoundation.org