The CERCLA Branch performs site investigations of potentially contaminated sites within the State of Utah to determine whether or not they pose a threat to human health and the environment and should be included on the Federal Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). The Branch also manages or performs oversight of remediation activities at NPL sites and federal facility sites, promotes the voluntary cleanup of contaminated sites and encourages redevelopment of Brownfields by providing a streamlined cleanup program.The CERCLA Branch includes the following Program Sections:
Site Assessment and Emergency Response
The Site Assessment Program is the initial phase of the federal Superfund Program that performs preliminary evaluations and field investigations of potentially contaminated sites. This section administers Utah's Toxic Release and Tier II chemical inventories, and also coordinates with other agencies involved with environmental incidents and related emergency response actions.
The Superfund program is a federal program that is not delegated to the State. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality, through the Division of Environmental Response and Remediation, works with EPA, federal facilities, and other stakeholders to manage the cleanup and long-term maintenance of these highly complex sites. The division also works with EPA and other stakeholders to investigate and cleanup other sites contaminated with hazardous substances that are being addressed through Superfund authority.
Voluntary Cleanup and Brownfields Programs
The Voluntary Cleanup and Brownfields Programs work with with stakeholders to implement the tools and resources available in Utah to address Brownfields. These tools include the Voluntary Cleanup Program, Enforceable Written Assurances, and EPA Brownfields grants.