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 Voluntary Cleanup Program

 

Visibly contaminated soil outside of a retaining wallThe Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) is available to all parties who may be liable for the contamination of a property, but who wish to settle their liabilities with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) under the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act (HSCA). If you are a current owner of a contaminated property, you may volunteer to clean up the site before DNREC orders you to perform a cleanup under HSCA. This could result in a speedier and less costly cleanup.

The Site Investigation and Restoration Section (SIRS) welcomes your application for admission into the Voluntary Cleanup Program. In the application, you will be required to give details of any past investigations conducted at the site. Based on the information provided, SIRS will determine the eligibility of the site to be cleaned up under the VCP. If the site is determined to be eligible, you will be required to sign a VCP Agreement to allow SIRS to oversee the investigation and cleanup of the site and to pay for the cost of SIRS’s oversight. Typically, a deposit is required up front.

You can terminate the agreement at any time during the investigation and cleanup (subject to certain conditions). Any remaining monies from the deposit will be returned to you at the end of the cleanup or at the time of termination of the agreement. DNREC may also terminate the agreement, if it is determined that you are not making a good faith effort to cleanup the property.

VCP-Related Documents

Sampling SOPs for Brownfields and VCP Sites

For more information, please call the Site Investigation and Restoration Section at (302) 395-2600.

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