DEC Brownfield And State Superfund Programs
DEC's remediation and enforcement initiatives, such as its State Superfund and brownfield programs ensure the timely and efficient cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties.
Search the Environmental Site Remediation Database to locate Brownfield Program and Superfund sites in New York State.
Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR) and Climate Resiliency in Environmental Cleanups
In order to meet New York State's ambitious climate and sustainability requirements, DEC is integrating decarbonization and sustainability considerations into all of its actions. DEC requires GSR and climate resiliency be considered in its environmental cleanups, regardless of the remedial phase. The application of GSR and climate resilience strategies, will better align consultants and remedial parties with the State’s and DER’s mission in protecting public health and the environment in a green and sustainable manner while aiding the State in reaching climate goals.
Questions and comments about DEC’s GSR and climate resiliency efforts can be directed to the DEC project manager.
- Learn more about the DEC's GSR and climate resiliency in environmental cleanups.
State Superfund (SSF) Sites
The SSF Program is an enforcement program whose goal to identify and characterize suspected inactive hazardous waste disposal sites and to ensure that those sites which pose a significant threat to public health or the environment are properly addressed.
- Learn more about the NYS Superfund Program
Voluntary Cleanup of Contaminated Sites
New York State also offers incentives for brownfield cleanup and redevelopment. Incentives such as technical oversight, tax credits and liability relief help developers complete cleanup projects.
Manufactured Gas Plants (MGPs)
MGPs were used to produce gas from coal, oil and other fuels but are no longer in operation in New York State. However, coal tar and other hazardous waste, created as part of the manufacturing process, may still be present at those sites and require cleanup.
NYS has one of the most comprehensive MGP site investigation and remediation initiatives in the country. Since problems associated with former MGP sites were identified, DER has been working with utilities on a state-wide basis to identify and address MGP sites.
- Find more information on DEC's involvement with the cleanup of former MGPs.
DEC's Role in Contaminated Site Cleanups
Since a cleanup program for a site can take a number of years to complete, DEC reviews, oversees and tracks each project's progress from investigation, design, and completion of each remedial measure to certifying cleanup completion and planning for any future site management needs.
Other Brownfield Programs in New York
Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program
Under the Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program, the New York State Department of State (DOS) provides financial and technical assistance to municipalities and community-based organizations. Funding can be used to complete revitalization plans and implementation strategies for areas affected by the presence of brownfield sites, as well as site assessments for strategic sites. DEC provides relevant technical assistance and advice to the Department of State and BOA grantees, particularly regarding site assessments on strategic brownfield sites in BOA study areas.
For more information about the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program, visit the Department of State's Division of Development web page.