Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC
Shannon L. Haney
December 5, 2016
Whether your company recently acquired a piece of contaminated property or discovered contamination at a property you have operated for years, remediation of the site through one of the state voluntary cleanup programs (VCPs) might be a good option.
Although each state program is different, the goal of entry into a VCP is to investigate and remediate the property for purposes of receiving a closure letter. In the letter, the state agency declares the property remediated to state standards, thereby removing any stigma resulting from the prior contamination. These closure letters take multiple forms, such as a “no further action letter” or “certificate of completion.” Another goal is to protect the property owner from receiving an environmental violation or having enforcement proceedings instituted against it by the state environmental agency as a result of the contamination. Generally, the state agency agrees not to take enforcement action if the property is timely progressing through the state VCP.