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Message from the Acting Director

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) is a team of scientists and engineers that design and operate programs to promote the cleanup and redevelopment of vacant contaminated land in NYC. Through the New York City Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP), the nation’s only municipally-run land cleanup program, OER prepares vacant, underutilized properties for redevelopment. Since 2014, more than 300 properties have been remediated, and in the process, almost 200 acres of new developable land has been created. Currently, the office manages the cleanup of 540 active sites.

The Voluntary Cleanup Program is a catalyst for new economic growth particularly in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods. The VCP takes some of the most blighted properties in our most disadvantaged neighborhoods, cleans them up and enables new construction that brings new businesses, new jobs and affordable housing right where they are needed most. OER has also established the NYC Clean Soil Bank, a municipal clean soil exchange which transfers clean native soil from deep excavations at construction sites that is delivered, free of charge, to other NYC development properties as well as community-level soil remediation projects and gardens. Since its inception, the Clean Soil Bank has transferred 475,000 tons of clean native soil.

At OER, we are proud to serve the residents of New York City and to work with you to remediate vacant land and make our city a safer place to live, work and play. If you have any questions, please reach me through Contact OER.


Mark McIntyre, Esq.
Acting Director

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