Virginia Brownfields regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Brownfields: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Brownfield Restoration and Land Renewal Act, Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 10.1-1230 to 10.1-1237

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Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP): 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 20-160-10 to 20-160-120

Eligibility: 9 VAC 20-160-30

Application: 9 VAC 20-160-40

Fees: 9 VAC 20-160-60

Voluntary remediation report: 9 VAC 20-160-70

Remediation levels: 9 VAC 20-160-90

Certification of remediation: 9 VAC 20-160-110

Liability immunity: 9 VAC 20-160-110

Public notice: 9 VAC 20-160-120

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Land Protection and Revitalization

Virginia Resource Authority (VRA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

• Rules. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Brownfield Program provides a process for nonenforcement containment and cleanup actions, penalty immunity and mitigation in enforcement situations, and limits on liability for certain owners. The DEQ also administers the Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP), which is a mechanism for site owners and operators to voluntarily address contamination at sites with concurrence with the DEQ. For additional guidance, see the national section BROWNFIELDS.

• Administration and enforcement. The DEQ enforces the state's voluntary remediation regulations related to brownfields cleanup. The VRA provides funding for brownfields remediation projects for localities and governmental authorities.

State Requirements


9 VAC 20-160-10 to 20-160-120

DEQ's VRP uses a risk-based approach that provides reasonable cleanup goals and allows ...

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