Who is eligible to enter the Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP)?

Any person may request VRP oversight of a remedial action to address contamination of soil or waters of the state. However, the following activities are ineligible according to statute1:
  • Cleanup at a site that has qualified for hazardous waste interim status, or to which ADEQ has issued a hazardous waste permit2
  • Cleanup at a site undergoing underground storage tank corrective action,3 if reimbursement of costs from the State Assurance Fund is sought
  • Cleanup of any site where an action is required by a written agreement with the director, a judicial judgement or decree, or an administrative order issued by the director before a VRP application was submitted
  • Any cleanup at a site listed on the WQARF Registry4
  • Remediation that is in the process of being required in a judicial action filed by the State and served before the date of application

What are the benefits of the program?

The VRP offers a priority review of remedial actions, a single-point-of-contact between the participant and all ADEQ programs, and a No Further Action (NFA) determination upon completion of remediation to appropriate standards.

What is the cost for ADEQ to review and oversee a VRP remediation?

The VRP fee rules require a $2,000 non-refundable application fee, which is credited toward the reimbursement costs. The hourly rate is set at $110. A $4,000 deposit is required at the outset, and an additional $4,000 deposit is required each time the deposit account falls below $1,000.

How quickly can the VRP issue a NFA?

The time between acceptance into the program and NFA issuance depends on the thoroughness and accuracy of the data submitted, the nature and extent of contamination and the length of time participants take to respond to VRP inquiries and comments.

Do all voluntary sites have to complete community involvement?

Work plans or reports submitted to the VRP are subject to community involvement requirements.5

Can a participant withdraw from the program at any time?

Yes, a participant can withdraw by providing the VRP a notice of withdrawal. However, if an applicant withdraws from the VRP, but is required to remediate under another Title 49 program, the VRP will refer the site to the applicable program.

Can enforcement actions be suspended while a participant is voluntarily remediating a site?

Yes, as part of the application, an applicant can submit a list of actions to compel remediation that the applicant proposes to be suspended. The work plan approval will specifically state the suspension of remedial actions by the department, including the issuance or filing of any action to compel the work approved in the work plan, to the extent deemed appropriate by the director.