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Site Remediation

The Division of Site Remediation oversees the following restoration programs within the Bureau of Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields:

Hazardous Sites Cleanup Program - The Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA) provides the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the funding and the authority to conduct cleanup actions at sites where hazardous substances have been released. HSCA also provides DEP with enforcement authorities to force the persons who are responsible for releases of hazardous substances to conduct cleanup actions or to repay public funds spent on a DEP funded cleanup action.

DEP coordinates with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on federal Superfund cleanup of Pennsylvania sites.

Remediation Contract Services provides a pool of contracted environmental remediation services to DEP's field offices to quickly respond to immediate threats to human health and the environment from releases of petroleum, hazardous substances and contaminants.

Under the Storage Tank Cleanup Program, DEP coordinates corrective action requirements for storage tanks regulated under the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act (PDF). 

DEP accelerates the restoration of contaminated properties through the development of voluntary agreements (Multi-Site Remediation Agreements) with remediators. Multi-Site Agreements provide statewide prioritization and centralized coordination of site assessment and remediation. For these reasons, Multi-Site Agreements provide consistency, efficiency, flexibility, and a cooperative atmosphere with respect to site cleanups. This can result in significant savings in time and resources, both for companies doing business in Pennsylvania and for DEP.

The division manages and supports statewide remediation and restoration efforts with the U.S. Departments of Defense (Army, Navy, Air Force and Defense Logistics Agency) for active installations as well as Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS).

The division also administers Natural Resource Damage Assessments (NRDA). DEP is currently one of several state and federal trustees for natural resource damage within the Commonwealth.