image:filtered light in the forest

Toxics Cleanup Program

Voluntary Cleanup Program


Heating Oil Sites

Ecology will no longer accept heating oil sites into VCP. Reviews will now be conducted through the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency’s (PLIA’s) Heating Oil Technical Assistance Program (HOTAP).  For more information, please contact PLIA at or 1-800-822-3905.

Wait Lists

Ecology has created wait lists for existing and new VCP projects in response to reduced budget and staff.

Complex Sites

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.

Model Remedies

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:

  • Technical assistance on how to meet cleanup requirements.

  • Written opinions on whether your cleanup meets those requirements.

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 or 509-454-7886. She will compile and consider ideas about program improvement.

Should I Join the VCP?

This page helps you determine whether you are eligible to join the VCP and whether the VCP is the best option for you.

Wait List

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about the wait list for new and existing VCP sites.

Getting Started

This page gets you started and provides answers to frequently asked questions about the VCP application process, including your application and Ecology’s response.

The Process

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about the operation of the VCP, including how to:

  • Request Services
  • Pay for Services
  • Change Contacts
  • Withdraw from the Program

The Services

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about the services you may request under the VCP, including:

  • Overview
  • Types of Opinions
  • Opinions on Property Cleanups
  • Opinions on Site Cleanups
  • Limitations of Opinions
  • De-listing of Sites
  • Periodic Review of Cleanups
  • Rescinding of Opinions

The Requirements

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.

Just the Forms

This page provides you with the forms you need to do the following:

  • Apply
  • Request Opinions
  • Change Contacts
  • Withdraw from the Program

Just the Opinion Letters

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:

  • Statewide Coordinator
  • Financial Manager
  • Regional Unit Managers

This page last updated July 31, 2017