Board approves new regs to streamline voluntary remediation program

virginia deqThe Virginia Waste Management Board has approved moving forward with regulatory actions that include revisions and clarifications to the commonwealth’s Voluntary Remediation Regulations.

The Voluntary Remediation Regulations provide a framework for contaminated sites (also known as “Brownfields”) to be cleaned up and returned to productive reuse, which otherwise may go unaddressed.

These regulations are implemented at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality through the Voluntary Remediation Program, which reviews characterizations and proposed site activities to address remediation efforts.

DEQ staff identified changes to the regulation that would clarify requirements by adding definitions, details concerning the applicability of fees for sites that conduct phased remediation, and issuance of multiple site certificates.

These recommended revisions were presented to the Board for adoption. The Board approved these revisions through a “fast-track” adoption process, which is used when regulation revisions are not expected to be controversial.

“This regulatory amendment will help streamline the process to address contaminated sites through our Voluntary Remediation Program,” said DEQ Land Protection and Revitalization Division Director Justin Williams. “The Voluntary Remediation Program helps not only address contamination, but also supports economic development and brownfield revitalization efforts throughout Virginia.”

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