News and Updates

Low Interest Loans Available from OER for Brownfields Cleanup

The Office of Environmental Remediation is offering low-interest loans to eligible local governments, nonprofits, and private sector businesses to clean up properties contaminated with petroleum or hazardous substances. The loan fund was capitalized by an $820,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Brownfields Revolving Fund is designed to fill redevelopment funding gaps and provide incentives to clean up brownfield sites with favorable borrowing and repayment terms. Repayment terms of up to 10 years can be negotiated. Borrowers in the BRF Program are required to contribute 20% of the total loan amount toward the cleanup effort, though the match amount can be met through in-kind labor, material, or services. Borrowers also must enroll the site in the WV Voluntary Remediation Program to complete the cleanup work, unless the remediation is limited to asbestos or lead-based paint abatement.

Funds under the loan program can be used to perform a broad range of cleanup activities that include excavating and removing contaminants, treating contaminated soil and groundwater, demolishing contaminated structures, managing storm water run-off, and installing security measures to prevent trespassing. Funds can also be used to pay environmental consultants who oversee and certify the cleanup, and fees for WVDEP review and approval of the work. Funds cannot be used to perform environmental site assessments, such as Phase I or Phase II ESAs, prior to cleanup.

Interested parties should visit the Brownfields Revolving Fund webpage to download information or contact OER through email at Eligible borrowers will need to complete a loan application to demonstrate their ability to repay the loan and to provide the necessary collateral.

Revised VRP Guidance Manual Release

The Office of Environmental Remediation is pleased to announce that the Voluntary Remediation Program Guidance Manual has been revised and is now available for viewing and download on the OER Technical Guidance and Templates webpage.

The overall organization of the VRP Guidance Manual has been changed to reflect the process for a VRP site, and the manual has been updated to reflect legislative changes, industry best practices, and evolving technologies since the last version. In addition, new Rail Trail Guidance has been included, and the new UECA-LUST Program tiered-based system has been outlined.

Recently Completed Remediation Projects

The Beech Bottom Industrial Park project (VRP #17008) in Brooke County, WV, received its final Certificate of Completion in January 2020. *Image sourced from

2020 Voluntary Remediation Program Certificates of Completion

  1. Beech Bottom Industrial Park, Beech Bottom, Brooke County
  2. Dominion - Law Compressor Station, Good Hope, Harrison County
  3. Warren Distribution, Glen Dale, Marshall County
  4. Supertane Gas Plant, Charles Town, Jefferson County
  5. Chemical Leaman, Institute, Kanawha County
  6. WVDOH I-64 Maintenance Headquarters, Huntington, Cabell County
  7. Heritage Holdings Parcel 2, Wellsburg, Brooke County
  8. FMC South Charleston (East Plant) - Area 2A, South Charleston, Kanawha County
  9. Jefferson Orchards, Kearneysville, Jefferson County
  10. Former Follansbee Steel - Area 2, Follansbee, Brooke County
  11. Former Follansbee Steel - Area 3, Follansbee, Brooke County
  12. Dominion - Collins Compressor Station, West Union, Doddridge County
  13. Upshur County Youth Camp, Selbyville, Upshur County
  14. Johns Manville, Riverside Parcel, Vienna, Wood County
  15. New Standard Quarry - Parcel F, Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County

Next Scheduled LRS Examination

Below are the details for the next scheduled Licensed Remediation Specialist Examination. The deadline for submitting completed applications for this examination is March 3, 2021.

Date: March 24, 2021
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Capitol Complex Building 7, 2nd Floor, Technology Learning Center. Located Near the corner of Piedmont Road and California Avenue in Charleston, WV