The Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) is soliciting proposals from qualified tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit or government organizations for “ready to go” Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) for inclusion in the MCAQD SEP Idea Library. The SEP Idea Library is an online resource listing environmentally beneficial projects that may be voluntarily added by businesses as part of settlements of enforcement actions related to alleged air quality violations.
SEPs are designed to protect and improve the environment and public health above and beyond compliance with applicable laws.
Projects approved for inclusion in the SEP Idea Library will be made available on MCAQD's website for consideration by a respondent in future enforcement settlements. Projects will remain in the SEP Idea Library for two years from the date of submission.
Determination of the type of SEP that would be appropriate depends upon the enforcement action itself and compliance with A.R.S. §49-117, which requires a nexus between the SEP and the alleged violations. Acceptance of a project proposal into the MCAQD SEP Idea Library does not guarantee the project will be funded and implemented as a SEP as part of an enforcement settlement.
If a project in the SEP Idea Library is selected as a SEP in an enforcement settlement, MCAQD will still need to evaluate a proposed project relative to its nexus with the alleged violations addressed in the enforcement action and the type of project, its estimated cost, and the ability to complete the proposed project.
All projects should have a verifiable air quality benefit and fall into one of the following categories: pollution prevention; pollution reduction; environmental compliance promotion or research; public health; and assessments and environmental management systems.
The Idea Library was created under the SEP Policy, #PP-2012-003. The Policy, this Call for Proposals and the application form are available for viewing or download from the MCAQD Web site at www.maricopa.gov/aq/divisions/enforcement/resources/Default.aspx.
Three public meetings will be held to review the SEP policy, this Call for Proposals and to take questions and feedback on the Call for Proposals:
October 14, 2013, 6:30PM, City of Peoria, Development & Community Service Bldg. (DCSB). Point of View Conference Room. 9875 North 85th Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345
October 15, 2013, 2:30PM, MCAQD 9th Floor Training Room, 1001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
October 15, 2013, 6:30PM, Mesa Utilities Operations Bldg, 640 N. Mesa Dr., Mesa, AZ 85201
Submittal Deadline: Proposals must be received by 2:00 PM November 21, 2013. Those received after the deadline will not be considered under this solicitation.
All proposals and correspondence should be addressed to:
SEP Idea Library, ATTN Ira Domsky
1001 N. Central Avenue, Suite 125, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1944
Email: SEPinfo@mail.maricopa.gov Phone: (602) 506-6702 Fax: (602) 506-6179
About Maricopa County Air Quality Department
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is a regulatory agency whose goal is to ensure federal clean air standards are achieved and maintained for the residents and visitors of Maricopa County. The department is governed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and follows air quality standards set forth by the federal Clean Air Act.
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