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Voluntary Remediation Program

The purpose of the Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) is to encourage hazardous substance cleanups that might not otherwise take place. The VRPprogram is a streamlined mechanism for site owners or operators to voluntarily address contamination at sites with concurrence from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

When the remediation is satisfactorily completed, DEQ issues a 'certification of satisfactory completion of remediation.' 

This VRPcertification provides assurance that the remediated site will not later become the subject of a DEQ enforcement action unless new issues are discovered. It is anticipated that the VRP will facilitate the sale and reuse of industrial and commercial properties in the Commonwealth, which is an important benefit to all Virginia residents.

As the potential environmental liabilities of reusing or further developing existing commercial properties diminishes, economic benefits are expected for both the buyer and seller. An added benefit is the decrease of expansion of commercial sites onto pristine lands. By overseeing the process, DEQ is able to ensure that the cleanup achieves a satisfactory level of human health and environmental protection. The program is not intended to serve as an alternative to or refuge from applicable laws, regulatory requirements or enforcement actions.

DEQ understands that time is money and wants to do all it can to help complete these beneficial projects more quickly and efficiently resulting in the compatible goals of site redevelopment and enhanced environmental outcomes. DEQ appreciates all participation in the VRP and continues looking for ways to add value to VRP projects.   If there are additional ways that DEQ can be more helpful or accommodating please don’t hesitate to contact Meade Anderson at either or direct by phone by dialing (804) 698-4179. 



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

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