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​​​Site Remediation


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

The Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA) provides DEP with the funding and authority to conduct cleanup actions at sites where there is a release or substantial threat of a release of a hazardous substance or contaminant which represents a danger to the public health or safety or the environment. HSCA also provides DEP with enforcement authority to compel the persons who are responsible for such releases to conduct cleanup actions or to repay public funds spent on a DEP-funded cleanup action. HSCA also allows the commonwealth to participate fully in the cleanup of Pennsylvania sites under the Federal Superfund program.​

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.