Mississippi Brownfields Voluntary Cleanup and Redevelopment Act, Mississippi Code Annotated (MS Code Ann.) 49-35-1 to 49-35-27
Uncontrolled Site Evaluation Trust Fund: MS Code Ann. 17-17-54
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Pollution Control Groundwater Assessment and Remediation Division (GARD) CERCLA Branch
DEQ Office of Pollution Control GARD Uncontrolled Sites Branch
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Mississippi has its own program for the cleanup of contaminated sites that do not qualify for cleanup under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Many Mississippi communities have abandoned contaminated properties that have not been redeveloped because of concerns about the perceived cost of remediation and liability. For a discussion of these properties commonly known as brownfields, see the state section BROWNFIELDS for additional information.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's GARD oversees the assessment and remediation of both abandoned and responsible party sites where hazardous or toxic substances have been released to the environment.
The CERCLA Branch manages National Priority List (NPL) sites, conducts Preliminary Assessments/Site Investigations (PA/SI) for potential NPL listing, and oversees planning and cleanup activities at federal facilities that do not require RCRA permits.
The Uncontrolled Sites Branch manages uncontrolled sites, defined as sites, facilities, plants, or ...