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A Beneficial Environmental Project (BEP) is defined as a project that provides for environmental mitigation which the defendant/respondent is not otherwise legally required to perform, but which the defendant/respondent agrees to undertake as a component of a settlement of a violation(s) or penalty assessment. The defendants/respondents are usually industrial or municipal facilities that have been issued an enforcement action by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for violating state environmental laws and regulations. Enforcement actions issued by the Department require the defendant/respondent to mitigate any environmental damages resulting from a violation.
When BEPs are proposed, they are made part of settlement agreements, and all settlement agreements require public notice. Therefore, the public can comment on any proposed settlement agreement which may or may not include BEPs. All proposed settlement agreements are published in the newspaper, in general circulation, were the environmental violation(s) occurred. There is a 45-day public comment period for all settlement agreements. In addition, all proposed settlement agreements are placed on the Department's public web page for public comment.
Beneficial Environmental Projects can be proposed online.
For more information please visit the Beneficial Environmental Projects page on the DEQ website or contact the Enforcement Division directly using the information provided.