The New York City Voluntary Cleanup Program (NYC VCP) is operated by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) to help land owners and developers investigate and clean up contaminated property and facilitate redevelopment. This program is part of the City’s response to the brownfield problem outlined in PlaNYC, the city’s sustainability blueprint for the 21st century.
The NYC VCP is accepting applications for enrollment. You can find the steps and requirements for participation in the NYC VCP here. Interested parties are encouraged to contact OER for more information.
Cleanup of Brownfields under this program provides opportunities for redevelopment and revitalization of contaminated vacant or underutilized properties across the five boroughs and is protecting public health and the environment, increasing job creation in affected communities, adding local amenities and generating new revenue. OER also offers a wide range of associated brownfield and community service programs including the Brownfield Incentive Grant (BIG) Program, technical assistance and community education. Properties that are remediated through the NYC VCP receive a Notice of Completion, which includes New York City liability release, liability protection issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation that demonstrates that they will not pursue enforcement or require remedial action for the property under CERCLA or the Environmental Conservation Law, and issuance of NYC Green Property Certification that symbolizes the city’s confidence that the property is among the safest places to live and work in New York City.
To learn more about the NYC Brownfield Cleanup Program, choose a section below.
About: Learn more about the NYC VCP or download a copy of the final regulations.
Eligibility: What is an eligible site and who are eligible parties?
Application Process: Interested parties can begin the application process with a simple, no obligation Pre-Application meeting. Formal enrollment in the NYC VCP occurs after a Remedial Investigation has been performed and the cleanup plan has been approved. Enrollment is voluntary and an applicant can withdraw at any time.
Program Process: From timely scoping sessions with OER for the Remedial Investigation and the Remedial Action Work Plan, through performance of the cleanup work and OER issuance of the final Notice of Completion for the Site, OER will help you in swiftly and successfully navigate the NYC VCP.
Forms and Applications: Applying for the NYC VCP is easy. Download a NYC VCP Application here.
NYC Green Property Certification: A NYC Green Property Certification is awarded to all properties that successfully complete NYC VCP to symbolize the City's confidence that they are the safest places in New York City to live and work.
NYC Clean Soil Bank: OER's Clean Soil Bank enables developers in the NYC VCP to save money on the costs of disposal of clean native soil by finding city construction projects or other VCP sites that need clean soil and enabling the exchange—with no charge for disposal.
NYC Green Team: OER's Green Team of technical project managers is available to assist program enrollees in the acquisition of permits from various City agencies.
Green Remediation: OER encourages use of green methods in both the cleanup and redevelopment and can assist developers in finding financial resources to perform this work in the NYC VCP.
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