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Voluntary Cleanup Program

The Texas VCP provides administrative, technical, and legal incentives to encourage the cleanup of contaminated sites in Texas
  • VCP Mission
  • Legal Authority
  • VCP Publications and Forms


    VCP Mission

    The Texas VCP provides administrative, technical, and legal incentives to encourage the cleanup of contaminated sites in Texas. Since all non-responsible parties, including future lenders and landowners, receive protection from liability to the state of Texas for cleanup of sites under the VCP, most of the constraints for completing real estate transactions at those sites are eliminated. As a result, many unused or under used properties may be restored to economically productive or community beneficial use. Also under the VCP, site cleanups follow a streamlined approach to reduce future human and environmental risk to safe levels.

    Any site not subject to response actions under Railroad Commission of Texas authority or an order or permit from the TCEQ or where TCEQ enforcement action is pending, is eligible to enter the voluntary cleanup program. Parties entering the VCP must submit an application, an Affected Property Assessment Report describing the contaminated area of concern, and a $1,000 application fee. Upon acceptance of the application, the applicant must sign an agreement that describes a schedule of events necessary to achieve cleanup and confirms that the applicant has agreed to pay all VCP oversight costs. After completion of the cleanup,the parties will receive a certificate of completion from the TCEQ, which states that all non-responsible parties are released from all liability to the state for cleanup of areas covered by the certificate. Parties may terminate their participation in the VCP at any time by written notice.

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    Through May 2012 the VCP has accepted 2,323 applications representing dry cleaners, manufacturing facilities, shopping centers, warehouses, auto-related businesses and other commercial and industrial enterprises. Of these sites, 1,570 have been issued final certificates of completion and 167 have received conditional certificates of completion.

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    VCP Publications and Forms

    Read about sites that have successfully cleaned up and been put back into business on our Success Stories web page!

    The following documents are provided in PDF (Help with PDF);

    • Example Certificates:
    • Conditional Certificate: This is an example of the certificate that certifies an applicant has demonstrated that long-term response actions (e.g. engineering controls, remediation systems, or post-closure institutional controls) meet performance standards and are being implemented under requirements established in the Texas Voluntary Cleanup Program.
    • Final Certificate: This is an example of the certificate from the TCEQ that certifies an applicant has implemented or completed all requirements of the Texas Voluntary Cleanup Agreement.
    • Final Certificate with MSD: This is an example of the final certificate reliant upon a Municipal Settings Designation certificate.


    VCP Database

    Search TCEQ's Central Registry for information about specific sites or programs.

    The database contains relevant information on sites in the VCP. This file and the database,, can be downloaded as a zipped file. The file is in Microsoft Excel format. For downloading help, link to Compressed Files. The file is revised at the end of each month.

    If you have any questions about how to download this database, please contact Diana Christiano at 512-239-5696.