Arizona Brownfields regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Arizona Brownfields: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Voluntary remediation program (VRP): Arizona Revised Statutes (AZ Rev. Stat.) 49-171 to 49-188 and Arizona Administrative Code Rules (AZ Admin. Code R) 18-7-501 to 18-7-507

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Payment: AZ Admin. Code R 18-7-502 and AZ Admin. Code R 18-7-505

No further action: AZ Rev. Stat. 49-181

Work plans: AZ Rev. Stat. 49-175

Declaration of Environmental Use Restriction (DEUR): AZ Rev. Stat. 49-158

Regulatory Agencies

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Waste Programs Division Brownfields Assistance Program Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA)

Arizona Board of Technical Registration (BTR)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Arizona administers the Brownfields Assistance Program, which includes the VRP, to help property owners redevelop brownfields properties and contaminated properties in general. The VRP provides for expedited review of cleanup plans and oversight for remediation plans, while other brownfields programs provide funding for assessment and cleanup activities.

Administration and enforcement. The staff in ADEQ's VRP in the Waste Programs Division administers the state voluntary cleanup and financial assistance programs.

State Programs


The Arizona Brownfields Assistance Program offers outreach to community officials and other parties to explain the benefits of brownfields redevelopment and to identify funding tools and programs to aid in the completion of community brownfields projects. These tools include:

  • State Response Grant
  • VRP

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