Brownfields-Voluntary Cleanup Program
Program site status list
The property owner or anyone having an interest in a piece of property can apply to the program, provided the property owner allows Missouri Department of Natural Resources access to the site for its oversight activities.
When a site enters the program, the Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Program reviews existing site assessment reports and determines whether or not additional investigation or cleanup is required to meet state standards. The site investigation and any necessary cleanup are conducted by the applicant or their consultants and contractors. Site assessment reports, remedial action plans and a final report are submitted to the BVCP for review and approval.
When the BVCP is satisfied that the cleanup has met the objectives, the department provides the applicant with a Certification of Completion or No Further Action Letter. The department's Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Memorandum of Agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency states that the EPA will not plan or anticipate action relating BVCP sites after closure by the department.
Applicants pay for the BVCP's oversight costs, which are calculated on an hourly basis. Participation in the program is voluntary and applicants may withdraw at any time.
While the major metropolitan areas of St. Louis and Kansas City claim the most Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup sites, a significant portion of current BVCP sites are spread across the state in smaller towns and rural areas:
The number of sites entering the program and receiving Certificates of Completion letters in the last four years:
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Contaminants at Missouri's Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Program sites can include heavy metals to solvents to asbestos. Although excavation and off-site disposal of contaminated soil is the most common cleanup method, a variety of traditional and innovative cleanup technologies are being used.
The average length of time from receipt of the application to issuance of the Certification of Completion is 26 months, and about 47 percent of the completed sites have taken less than two years. Certificates of Completion have been issued for over 731 sites.