Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP)
Maryland’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) was established by the state legislature in 1997. Its goal is to increase the number of environmentally impacted sites improved by streamlining the cleanup process while ensuring compliance with existing environmental regulations. The projects involved range from relatively simple sites, such as abandoned gas stations, with a limited amount of contaminated soil to complex sites with multiple contaminants in soil, groundwater, surface water, sediment, and/or air.
The VCP law provides liability protection for prospective owners of eligible properties to encourage the transfer and reuse of these properties. It provides guidelines regarding environmental requirements to future owners of a property. It allows the parties involved to more accurately predict costs and time lines associated with a cleanup project, which increases the likelihood of redevelopment.
CAS has been involved with a number of VCP projects and provides the full suite of analyses included in the VCP Soil and Groundwater Standards, which can be located at the following web address:
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More information on Maryland’s Voluntary Cleanup Program can be found at the following web address:
Since its inception in 1995, the EPA Brownfields program has provided a mechanism for states, communities, and other stakeholders in properties to rectify site contamination issues so that these properties can be returned to general use. These mechanisms include grants for site assessments and subsequent clean-up. The State of Maryland has worked closely with this federal program so that its VCP program can function in a complimentary and streamlined fashion. Many properties that begin their metamorphosis under the Brownfields Program are transferred to the Maryland VCP program.
For further information on the EPA’s Brownfield program, please visit the EPA’s website for this program.
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