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Maryland's Voluntary Cleanup Program


 Brownfields Redevelopment Reform Act 
"The VCP reforms the process used to clean up eligible properties that are, or perceived to be, contaminated by hazardous substance release. In addition to providing a streamlined cleanup process, the VCP law provides liability protection for certain prospective owners of eligible properties in the Program to encourage the transfer of properties. These changes provide more "certainty" regarding environmental requirements to both responsible persons and future owners of a property thereby allowing parties to more accurately predict costs and time lines associated with a cleanup and increasing the likelihood of cleanup and redevelopment."

Established by the state legislature in 1997, Maryland’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) is administered by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Land Management Administration's Land Restoration Program (LMA-LRP) to provide State oversight for voluntary cleanups of properties contaminated with hazardous substances. The goal of the program is to increase the number of sites cleaned by streamlining the cleanup process while ensuring compliance with existing environmental regulations. Projects range from simple sites with a limited amount of contaminated soil to complex sites with multiple contaminants in soil, groundwater, surface water, sediment, and/or air.

To facilitate the voluntary cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed by MDE and Region III of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agreement addresses federal liability of a participant in Maryland’s program by providing that EPA will consider sites (in Maryland’s program) of no interest. Eligible properties in Maryland’s Voluntary Cleanup Program will fall under this agreement once a No Further Requirements Determination or Certificate of Completion has been issued for the property by MDE. Limited circumstances under which the agreement would not apply are also outlined. This agreement increases certainty for program participants.

The Voluntary Cleanup Program Guidance Document is currently under revision.  The revised document will be available at a later date.  

Maryland legislation modified certain requirements for redevelopment through the VCP.  These changes became effective October 1, 2004.  A summary of changes is listed below:

  • Allows oil contaminated sites and sites under active enforcement under specified conditions to be eligible for the VCP
  • Increases predictability and efficiencies
  • Increases public notification of cleanups; and
  • Clarifies liability provisions
  • Broadens eligibility for grants and loans administered through the Brownfields Redevelopment Initiative Program (BRIP)


Public Notice Requirements:  Upon submission of an application to the VCP, the applicant shall post notice at the property that is the subject of the application. View the current Public Notice of Application list to the VCP.

Click on the following link for further information regarding the Brownfields Redevelopment Reform Act and House Bill 294.

To learn more about the VCP, please select one of the following:


Updated American Society For Testing And Materials (ASTM) Standard Practice For Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Site Assessment Process

In accordance with §7-506(a)(1)(v)(1), all VCP applications must include a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment that follows the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E1527-13 standard. This standard was approved by ASTM International as the active standard on November 6, 2013.


Contact Information

Please call the Land Restoration Program at 410-537-3493 for any Voluntary Cleanup Program questions.


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