Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Virginia Waste Management Board
Voluntary Remediation Regulations [9 VAC 20 ‑ 160]
Amendment Addressing Eligibility and Fees
Action 5333
General Information
Action Summary This regulation facilitates voluntary cleanup of contaminated sites where remediation is not clearly mandated by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Virginia Waste Management Act, or other applicable authority. In order to continue to promote the voluntary remediation of sites, changes are needed to the wording of the eligibility requirements to encourage additional sites to participate in the program. The fees assessed for participation in the program will also be reviewed as part of this amendment. Currently sites that enrolled prior to July 1, 2014, are not assessed annual fees for their continued participation in the program. Sites enrolled prior to July 1, 2014 paid a one time registration fee of 1% of the total cost of remediation or a maximum of $5,000 whichever was less to participate in the program. Sites enrolled on or after July 1, 2014 are subject to one time initial registration fees and annual fees to defray costs associated with the sites' continued participation in the program. This regulatory amendment will examine requiring all sites continuing to participate in the program to pay annual fees and will evaluate the fees associated with the VRP. Registration fees and annual fees are used to defray a portion of the department's costs associated with the VRP. Additional issues that are identified during the NOIRA public comment period and the regulatory advisory panel meetings will be addressed during the development of the proposed regulation.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006078]
Is Federal action a driving factor in this regulatory change? If so, please provide a specific reference to the law, regulation or court case.
New Periodic Review This action will be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8683 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 11/27/2019.
9095 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/18/2022.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Meade Anderson  / VRP & Brownfields Program Manager
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)659-1341    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-