Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs)

A SEP is an environmentally beneficial project funded by a company or individual to mitigate part of a civil penalty assessed by LRAPA. A SEP must improve, restore, protect, or reduce risks to public health and/or the environment beyond that achieved by compliance with applicable laws. When enforcing environmental laws and regulations, LRAPA has the authority to incorporate a SEP into the settlement agreement that is separate from and in addition to correction of the violation. It can be part of a settlement of a civil penalty (up to 80%) as long as it is consistent with LRAPA’s goal of protecting the public health and environment. Violators can choose to contribute to an existing approved SEP project or submit one of their choice. To proceed with a SEP, send us an email at SEP@lrapa.org to get started.

Qualifying for a SEP

SEPs should primarily benefit human health and/or the environment in Lane County. LRAPA particularly encourages an air pollution prevention component in the proposal. Other desirable objectives in a SEP proposal would be projects shown to improve the environment and increase public awareness and education. Pollution prevention SEPs that result in implemented pollution prevention and quantifiable reductions are favored more than pollution prevention studies. 

In order to qualify for a supplement environmental project:
  • The project must primarily benefit the environment or public health in Lane County, Oregon.
  • As much money must be spent on the project as is sought in the penalty reduction.
  • The project cannot be an activity or result that is already required by law or set to become a future requirement.
  • The portion of the project attributable to penalty reduction is not funded by government contracts, loans or grants.
  • The project does not create a significant market or economic advantage for the violator.
  • The project does not result in LRAPA controlling the funds or implementing the project.
  • If the violator is doing the project itself, the project must be commensurate with the violator’s expertise and capabilities.
  • The violator must provide a final report on the project. 

Example


Company A is fined for a violation of its air permit. Rather than pay the full penalty to Lane County, the company elects to do a SEP, requesting to put part of the penalty towards paving a well used gravel parking lot in Lane County, resulting in less particulate in the air. LRAPA approves the project as part of the settlement of the enforcement penalty, and the company enters an agreement to have the parking lot paved at their expense.

Current Approved Projects


For a list of the current approved projects, click here.


Submit a New Project Idea

New project ideas must meet the above qualifications. Click here to for the project submission form. 



Categories


The following categories of projects are examples of appropriate ideas for SEPs. Further description of each category can be found in project types
  • Pollution Prevention and Resource Efficiency
  • Pollution Reduction
  • Green Schools
  • Environmental Restoration and Protection
  • Emergency Planning and Preparedness
  • Technical Assistance and Outreach
  • Environmental Education and Public Awareness
  • Other Projects

Implementation Difficulty


Projects may range from simple to complex; however, projects that are easy for a company (violator) to implement may more likely be funded. For example: a project that requires a 1-time funding option, such as contributing funds to an ongoing project such as a city wood stove change-out fund, may be preferred over a comprehensive project that requires management oversight.