CalRecycle has developed a policy and procedures for supplemental environmental projects (SEP), consistent with the requirements of AB 1071 (Atkins, Chapter 585, Statutes of 2015). AB 1071, signed into law by Governor Brown in October 2015, intends to direct additional resources to disadvantaged communities to appropriately address environmental health impacts in these communities through the implementation of SEPs. A supplemental environmental project allows entities in violation of environmental laws to voluntarily undertake environmental projects as part of a settlement of an enforcement action. AB 1071 intends SEPs to include a focus on benefiting disadvantaged communities and engaging community-based organizations.
CalRecycle completed community outreach workshops in three California cities in July and August 2016 to discuss SEPs with the public and community-based organizations. Comments received at the workshops were considered in the development of CalRecycle’s SEP Policy. Supplemental environmental project proposal ideas were solicited.
To submit an idea for a supplemental environmental project, please fill out the proposal form. Projects may be submitted all year round. For additional information on submitting a SEP proposal, please read CalRecycle’s SEP Criteria and Categories document or e-mail EnvironmentalJustice@calrecycle.ca.gov.
For more information about Supplemental Environmental Projects, including a list of SEPs, please view CalEPA’s SEP page.
For guidance on SEP implementation, specific for local enforcement agencies, view the document titled, Supplemental Environmental Project Guidance for Local Enforcement Agency.
You may also subscribe to CalRecycle’s environmental justice listserv for updates on SEPs and other environmental justice program updates.