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CALLING FOR COMMUNITY INPUT IN APPROPRIATE ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS

WHEREAS, the Environmental Protection Agency revised its Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) policy to further encourage the use of SEPs in environmental enforcement actions; and

WHEREAS, the EPA revised policy of May 1998 calls for community participation in the development of SEPs where EPA determines that such input would be beneficial; and

WHEREAS, SEPs have already proven to be an effective tool in helping to settle environmental enforcement actions while simultaneously creating beneficial projects for the local community; and

WHEREAS, the EPA, along with the Department of Justice, have been developing guidance on how Federal enforcement officials should identify, educate, and work with representatives of a community once participation is sought; and

WHEREAS, the development and implementation of such a guidance is critical in insuring that future community involvement in the SEP process is efficient, effective, and reflective of the needs of the community,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors commends Administrator Browner and the EPA for creating a revised SEP policy which encourages community involvement in the SEP process; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges The EPA to consult local government organizations in the development of the community outreach guidance, as such groups an provide helpful insight into how community input can be effectively achieved; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors has proposed developing a joint project with EPA and other members of the regulated community to educate local officials and community leaders about the SEP policy, thereby building a foundation of understanding and cooperation that will enable city communities and environmental enforcement officials to work effectively together in the future.

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