Pennsylvania Superfund regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Superfund: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Pennsylvania Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA), 35 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 6020.101 to 6020.1305

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Site listing: 35 Pa. Stat. 6020.502

Release response: 35 Pa. Stat. 6020.506


Potentially responsible parties (PRPs): 35 Pa. Stat. 6020.701(b)

Program funding: 35 Pa. Stat. 6020.902


Civil: 35 Pa. Stat. 6020.1104

Criminal: 35 Pa. Stat. 6020.1105

Technical Evaluation Grants: 35 Pa. Stat. 6020.510

Regulatory Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, and Radiation Management Bureau of Waste Management Division of Remediation Services

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania has its own Superfund program for the cleanup of hazardous substance sites that is modeled after the federal Superfund program. The HSCA authorizes the state to clean up sites that do not qualify for cleanup under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The HSCA also authorizes the state to impose civil and criminal penalties for releases of hazardous substances into the environment. In Pennsylvania, hazardous substances also include any state-listed substances.

Many Pennsylvania 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. DEP administers and enforces the state Superfund rules in ...

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