Voluntary Cleanup Program
NEW! Public Meeting
Ecology invites you to attend a meeting to discuss the VCP in the context of property transactions and real estate development:
Ecology is setting up a wait list to enter the VCP in response to increased demand and reduced budget and staff. The wait list will be set up by late fall.
As of August 1, 2016, new complex sites will not be eligible for the VCP. Complex sites already in the program will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about eligible sites.
Ecology strongly encourages the use of model remedies. Sites using model remedies will be accepted into the VCP, and the cost of reviewing completed cleanups using such remedies will be waived.
Checklists for Plans and Reports
As of June 1, 2016, plans and reports submitted to Ecology for review must include the information specified in the following checklists or they will be returned without processing:
For more about this, see Requirements.
Remedial Investigation Report Template
Ecology has developed a template for Remedial Investigation Reports. Use of the template is encouraged, but not required. The template mirrors the checklist and provides additional guidance.
The Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) is one of several options for cleaning up a hazardous waste site under the state’s cleanup law. Under this option, you may perform a cleanup independently and request services from the Department of Ecology (Ecology) for a fee, including:
Upon successful completion of your cleanup, Ecology will issue you a No Further Action (NFA) opinion, which may be useful in obtaining loans or selling or redeveloping your property.
Upon receiving an NFA opinion, local governments may apply for an independent remedial action grant from Ecology to help offset their cleanup costs.
If you have ideas about how to improve the VCP, please contact Valerie Bound, Interim VCP Coordinator, at email@example.com or 509-454-7886. She will compile and consider ideas about program improvement.
This page helps you determine whether you are eligible to join the VCP and whether the VCP is the best option for you.
This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about the wait list for new and existing VCP sites.
This page gets you started and provides answers to frequently asked questions about the VCP application process, including your application and Ecology’s response.
This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about the operation of the VCP, including how to:
This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about the services you
may request under the VCP, including:
This page identifies the requirements governing the cleanup of hazardous waste sites and provides guidance on how to meet those requirements.
This page also identifies important reporting requirements, including data submittal and licensing requirements.
This page provides you with the forms you need to do the following:
This page provides a quick overview of the types of opinions Ecology provides on a cleanup under the VCP and the boilerplate letters Ecology uses to provide those opinions.
This page provides information on how to contact the persons who manage the
operation of the VCP:
This page last updated September 16, 2016
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