When a regulated entity is found to be in violation of environmental regulations, the environmental divisions within the Department of Public Health and Environment may assess a monetary penalty or fine. The department may allow an entity to mitigate a portion of the penalty if the facility agrees to implement a Supplemental Environmental Project ("SEP").
A voluntary project that benefits public health and/or the environment beyond any steps taken to correct the violation and beyond what is already required by law or regulation.
A project that would not have been implemented but for inclusion in the settlement agreement.
A project typically implemented in the region where the violation occurred.
While SEP's are voluntary, if both the department and the respondent agree to a project, it will be put into a Compliance Order on Consent with enforceable terms and conditions.
The department-wide SEP Policy sets forth pollution prevention and energy efficiency projects as the Supplemental Environmental Projects of choice for settlements in Colorado.
For SEP questions, please contact: