The Inactive Hazardous Sites Branch is responsible for oversight and approval of the assessment and remediation of hazardous substances contaminated sites. This includes historical, and any recent accidental releases of hazardous substances and pollutants, but excludes discharges associated with DEQ permits, hazardous waste dumping, agricultural operations, federal remediation sites, petroleum releases and sites undergoing remediation by the State's Drycleaning Solvent Cleanup Act (DSCA) Program. The Branch oversees remedial actions, conducts any necessary enforcement at sites deemed to be the highest priority, and conducts the work itself at orphaned sites when state resources are available for such.
Pre-Regulatory Landfills: The Branch has a separate program for addressing pre-regulatory non-industrial landfills that ceased accepting waste before 1983. The Branch conducts the assessment and remediation of these sites directly. Local governments may conduct the assessment work and seek reimbursement of expenses if the work was pre-approved by the Branch. Click on the link for more information.
The Branch also manages the Bernard Allen Memorial Drinking Water Fund. This Fund is used to sample potentially contaminated private residential wells and to provide alternate drinking water to lower income homeowners with affected wells. More information can be found by clicking on the link for the Bernard Allen Legislative Report.
The Registered Environmental Consultant Program is the Branch's program for privatized oversight of lower priority cases having parties wanting to voluntarily conduct contaminant assessment and remediation. More information on the REC Program can be found by clicking on the link on the left.
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