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Site Assessment Program

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund, was passed into law in December 1980. Superfund established a program to identify sites from which releases of hazardous substances into the environment might occur or have already occurred, and to respond to these sites that were often abandoned and /or where the owner or the operator was bankrupt.

DEQ has worked with EPA to develop a structured process to determine what, if any cleanup actions should be taken at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The entire site evaluation process consists of two major phases (site assessment and site remediation). This program will address only the site assessment phase (pre-remedial) of the process.

One of the traditional methods of the site assessment is to rank/score sites for proposed listing on the National Priorities List (NPL). Although this is an important function of the Site Assessment Program, other State and Federal remedial programs now exist that may be able to address many of these sites (Brownfields, Voluntary Remediation Program, FUDS etc). DEQ's Site Assessment Program consists of one full-time employee (FTE) who coordinates with EPA and contractors to perform the following activities:

  • Conducting Preliminary Assessment/Site Investigations (PA/SI), Sampling multi-media (air, ground water, surface water, soils, sediments, leachate, and containerized wastes) as part of DEQ/EPA Work-Share.
  • Conduct screening and data collection, reviewing documents and providing contractor oversight.
  • Attends meetings with EPA and public as part of agreed upon Site work.
  • Provides information to Regional Offices (RO).
Additionally, the Site Assessment Coordinator could be made available to assist the agency with any special studies or projects that require a high degree of technical expertise. However, DEQ's Site Assessment Coordinator and Contractors do not act as first responders, respond to PREP sites or investigate sites monitored under the authority of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, or RCRA Subtitles C or D.

If there are any questions, please contact Devlin Harris, Site Assessment Program Manager, at 804-698-4226.

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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