The Voluntary Cleanup Oversight and Assistance Program (VOAP) offers people the opportunity to work proactively with state government to address necessary cleanup of a property to return it to productive use. In return for their efforts, participants can receive a No Further Action letter and a release of liability for areas where investigation and cleanup is conducted. The program is open to everyone with an interest in addressing contamination at a site. The following are examples of situations where this program is currently used.
To resolve potential liability of an innocent landowner at a contaminated site,
To address potential liability at a site for a prospective owner,
To establish a legal basis for enforcement of institutional controls to limit future liability at a site resulting from it progressing to uses with increased risk,
As an alternative to receiving a unilateral order from the Commissioner to investigate and clean up a inactive hazardous substance site.
The VOAP is participating as part of Tennessee's state response program under the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. As a result, program participants may receive protection from intervention by U.S. EPA at eligible sites.
The Innocent Party Fact Sheet provides additional information about how the program benefits some participants. If you have a question how your site may fit into this assessment and cleanup program, please contact us.
The Division of Remediation manages a number of sites under its Superfund and Brownfields Project Voluntary Cleanup Oversight and Assistance Program. In 2003, the Division began receiving federal funding under the CERCLA 128(a) program. One requirement under this grant is the establishment and annual update of a public record of sites that identifies where response actions have been completed and identifies properties where response actions are planned.
The summary also identifies whether the site is suitable for unrestricted use. In addition, the Division of Remediation maintains a document repository in its Main Office in Nashville located at the William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 14th Floor, Nashville, Tennessee 37243 as well as in the Environmental Field Office (EFO) responsible for the area in which the property is located.