DOJ Official Raises Doubts On Whether SEPs Will Be Broadly Revived

June 4, 2021
A top Department of Justice (DOJ) official says it is unclear whether the Biden administration will broadly revive popular Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) in civil settlements after they were banned by the Trump administration in part because officials will have to reverse an 11th-hour regulation. Deborah Harris, chief of DOJ’s Environmental Crimes Section (ECS), said during a June 3 Environmental Law Institute (ELI) event that the prior administration’s opposition to “third-party” payments in civil enforcement settlements has also meant that...

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