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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 November 2015, the VCP has received over 2,600 applications representing dry cleaners, manufacturing facilities, shopping centers, warehouses, auto-related businesses and other commercial and industrial enterprises. The VCP has issued over 2,000 certificates of completion.

    Legal Authority

    Property Tax Abatement Incentives

    Please refer to Section 312.211 of the Texas Tax Code for information on local tax abatement incentives.

    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.

    This database contains information on sites that have participated in the VCP. This file can be downloaded as a zipped file. The file is in Microsoft Excel format. For downloading help, link to Compressed Files.

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

Required use of SW-846 Method 5035

New Information

Beginning January 1, 2016, the TCEQ Remediation Division will require the use of United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) SW846 Method 5035A, Purge-and-Trap and Extraction for Volatile Organics in Soil and Waste Samples, as amended, for the collection and preparation of solid samples for volatile organic compound (VOC) analysis using purge-and-trap technology.

The TCEQ Remediation Division guidance on Method 5035 has been updated and is available.