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Voluntary Cleanup

The Voluntary Cleanup and Redevelopment program was created in 1994 with the objective to facilitate the redevelopment and transfer of contaminated properties. The program provides timely (45 days) review of cleanup plans submitted by property owners.  

 

Brownfields Stakeholder Group

  

Voluntary Cleanup Sites Grouped by County pdf file    

 

Properties that sit untouched because of their real or perceived contamination can be rehabilitated using the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Brownfields Program in conjunction with the Voluntary Cleanup Program. These programs provide public and private property owners with the resources to facilitate cleanups as well as assurances against regulatory enforcement. Since the Voluntary Cleanup Program provides both federal and state remedial plan approval in one step, banks will accept a "No Further Action" letter from the program as assurance that the state or EPA won't order a costly, conventional cleanup. This eases their concerns of environmental liability when involved in property transfers. 

 

Cleanup decisions are based on existing standards and the proposed use of the property, but the Division provides no construction or cleanup oversight.  The actual cleanup and verification is the owner's responsibility.  In order to receive the U.S. EPA's assurances that they will not take Superfund action as specified in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), the owner must submit a completion report as a new application for no further action so that the Division can review and concur that the plan has been completed as approved.