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Environmental Cleanup & Brownfields

DEC's mission to promote and regulate environmental cleanup and safe brownfield redevelopment is accomplished through programs of the Division of Environmental Remediation.

A brownfield site is any real property where a contaminant is present at levels exceeding the soil cleanup objectives or other health-based or environmental standards, criteria or guidance adopted by DEC that are applicable based on the reasonably anticipated use of the property, in accordance with applicable regulations.

Promoting Site Cleanups

Technical Guidance and Policy on Investigations and Cleanups Overseen by DEC

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Contaminated Sites Email Listservs


DEC's Division of Environmental Remediation is committed to informing and involving the public during the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites being addressed under the State's various remedial programs. As a listserv member, you will periodically receive site-related information/announcements for all contaminated sites in the counties you select. DEC invites you to receive site information by email by signing up at the appropriate county listserv(s), which can be found on the page titled Contaminated Sites Emails by County.

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More about Environmental Cleanup & Brownfields:

  • Toxic Release Inventory - Information on toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain covered industry groups as well as federal facilities.