Should I Join the VCP?
Under the state’s cleanup law, you have
several options for
cleaning up a contaminated site and achieving regulatory
closure. This page helps you
determine whether you are eligible to join the VCP and whether
the VCP is the best option for you.
Am I eligible to join?
You are eligible to join the VCP unless:
For example, the following types of sites are typically too complex to be managed under the VCP: landfill sites, sediment sites, and sites involving area-wide groundwater contamination.
If Ecology determines your site is too complex for the VCP, you are welcome to proceed with independent remedial actions. If you are interested in entering into an Agreed Order or Consent Decree with Ecology, please contact the Section Manager for region where your site is located.
Eligibility does not guarantee entry into the VCP.
Should I join?
The answer to this question is site-specific and depends on several factors. Before deciding to join, consider the following benefits and limitations of the VCP. And if you have any questions or want help deciding how to proceed, please do not hesitate to contact Ecology before applying.
Unlike cleanups conducted strictly independently, you can obtain opinions from Ecology on the sufficiency of your cleanup.
Such opinions may facilitate various property transactions. For example, the opinions may help you sell or redevelop your property or obtain loans where your property is used as collateral. The benefit of such opinions is derived from Ecology's role as:
To settle liability with the state and obtain protection from contribution claims, a person must enter into a consent decree with Ecology under RCW 70.105D.040(4).
An opinion does not determine whether the independent remedial action performed at the Site is the substantial equivalent of an Ecology-conducted or Ecology-supervised remedial action. Such determinations are made by a court. See RCW 70.105D.080.
Again, if you have any questions or want help deciding how to proceed, please do not hesitate to contact Ecology before applying.
May I request a free consultation before joining the VCP?
YES. You may request a free consultation before joining the VCP. In fact, we encourage you to talk to us before applying. We can discuss your different options and help you decide whether the VCP is the best option for you.
Depending on your experience and interest, we can also discuss:
However, we will not provide site-specific technical assistance during the free consultation. To obtain such assistance, you must enter the VCP.
The free consultation is usually limited to one hour.
Who should I contact at Ecology to request a free consultation?
You should contact the VCP Unit Manager in the region where the hazardous waste site is located. For contact information, go to the following VCP web page: Contacts.
What if I have a heating oil site?
Ecology will no longer accept heating oil sites into VCP. It was determined that the review of independent remedial actions at heating oil sites can be more efficiently conducted under the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency’s (PLIA’s) Heating Oil Technical Assistance Program (HOTAP). For more information, please contact PLIA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-822-3905.
This page last updated July 31, 2017
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