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DEC Brownfield and State Superfund Programs

DEC's remediation and enforcement initiatives, such as its State Superfund and brownfield programs ensure the timely and efficient cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties.

State Superfund (SSF) Sites

The SSF Program is an enforcement program whose goal to identify and characterize suspected inactive hazardous waste disposal sites and to ensure that those sites which pose a significant threat to public health or the environment are properly addressed.

Voluntary Cleanup of Contaminated Sites

New York State also offers incentives for brownfield cleanup and redevelopment. Incentives such as technical oversight, tax credits and liability relief help developers complete cleanup projects.

DEC's Brownfield Cleanup Program and Environmental Restoration Program have helped return hundreds of contaminated sites in the State into productive use.

Manufactured Gas Plants (MGPs)

MGPs were used to produce gas from coal, oil and other fuels but are no longer in operation in New York State. However, coal tar and other hazardous waste, created as part of the manufacturing process, may still be present at those sites and require cleanup.

NYS has one of the most comprehensive MGP site investigation and remediation initiatives in the country. Since problems associated with former MGP sites were identified, DER has been working with utilities on a state-wide basis to identify and address MGP sites.

DEC's Role in Contaminated Site Cleanups

Since a cleanup program for a site can take a number of years to complete, DEC reviews, oversees and tracks each project's progress from investigation, design, and completion of each remedial measure to certifying cleanup completion and planning for any future site management needs.

Other Brownfield Programs in New York

Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program

Under the Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program, the New York State Department of State (DOS) provides financial and technical assistance to municipalities and community-based organizations. Funding can be used to complete revitalization plans and implementation strategies for areas affected by the presence of brownfield sites, as well as site assessments for strategic sites. DEC provides relevant technical assistance and advice to the Department of State and BOA grantees, particularly regarding site assessments on strategic brownfield sites in BOA study areas.

For more information about the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program, visit the Department of State's Division of Development web page.

More about DEC Brownfield and State Superfund Programs:

  • State Superfund Sites - The Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site program is the State's program for identifying, investigating and cleaning up sites where consequential amounts of hazardous waste may exist.
  • Brownfield Cleanup Program - New York State's Brownfield Cleanup Program spurs the redevelopment and reuse of contaminated properties
  • Brownfield and Superfund Regulation - On October 25, 2006, the State Environmental Board approved 6 NYCRR Subparts 375-1 through 375-4 and Subpart 375-6. The Department filed the rulemaking package with the New York State Department of State (DOS) on November 14, 2006. The regulation is effective December 14, 2006
  • Environmental Restoration Program - New York's Environmental Restoration Program spurs cleanup and redevelopment of underutilized contaminated properties through financial assistance to municipalities and liability releases
  • Voluntary Cleanup Program - New York State's Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) has been replaced by the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) which spurs the redevelopment and reuse of contaminated properties
  • Manufactured Gas Plants - From the late 1800's to the mid 1900's, hundreds of manufactured gas plants across New York State supplied homes and industry with fuel for heating, cooking, and lighting. Today, the New York State DEC is overseeing the investigation and cleanup of contamination left behind from these plants.
  • Finalizing Remedial Projects: Easements, Certificates of Completion, and Templates - Information regarding the finalization of remedial projects, including templates that remedial parties must use to complete and submit final engineering reports and site management plans.
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