Brownfields are properties that are contaminated or perceived to be contaminated, thus complicating redevelopment or expansion on that property. The Brownfields Section within the Office of Environmental Remediation oversees the following voluntary environmental assessment and remediation programs to return brownfield properties back to productive uses:
Brownfields Assistance Program
The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Program empowers communities, developers, and stakeholders to assess, cleanup, and sustainably reuse brownfields. WVDEP can provide free guidance and technical assistance throughout the brownfield redevelopment process.
Licensed Remediation Specialist Program
Remediation of sites in the Voluntary Remediation Program and UECA-LUST Program must be supervised by a Licensed Remediation Specialist (LRS). An LRS is an individual certified by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection as qualified to supervise the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites.
The Uniform Environmental Covenants Act-Leaking Underground Storage Tank (UECA-LUST) Program is an alternative remediation option for releases from underground storage tanks (USTs).
Voluntary Remediation Program
The West Virginia Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) encourages voluntary cleanup and redevelopment of abandoned or under-utilized contaminated properties by providing certain environmental liability protections under West Virginia law.