Voluntary Action Program

Gives individuals a way to investigate possible environmental contamination, clean it up if necessary and receive a promise from the State of Ohio that no more cleanup is needed.

The VAP minimizes governmental red tape and maximizes resources and expertise in the private sector. If someone wants to clean up a piece of property, it may be done following specific standards developed by Ohio EPA. When cleanup requirements are met, the director of Ohio EPA issues a covenant not to sue. This covenant protects the property owner or operator and future owners from being legally responsible to the State of Ohio for further investigation and cleanup. This protection applies only when the property is used and maintained in the same manner as when the covenant was issued.

 

 

Announcements/Highlights

December1, 2015
November 13, 2015
  • The 2015 Winter SABR News edition is now available. Topics include: Stark County Port Authority - Former Alliance Community Hospital Project, Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant, Federal Grant Opportunities, Piqua Brownfield Funding Workshop, Interested Party Review - VAP Draft Rules, CP Annual Training, and Courses Approved for PDHUs.
September 15, 2015
  • The Call for Presentations for the 2016 Ohio Brownfield Conference is now open. Submittals must be received no later than November 30, 2015. The 2016 Ohio Brownfield Conference will be at Hilton Columbus/Polaris on April 6-7, 2016.
August 26, 2015

***This updates and replaces an announcement previously posted on July 23, 2015.


  • This June, US EPA, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) issued final guidance for the evaluation of vapor intrusion to indoor air (US EPA VI guidance). The US EPA VI guidance, similar to DERR’s 2010 VI guidance, emphasizes a “multiple-lines of evidence” approach when evaluating the VI pathway. US EPA refers to the Vapor Intrusion Screening Level (VISL) Calculator as the preferred frontline screening methodology, and de-emphasizes reliance on mathematical models, the use of which is included in DERR’s 2010 VI guidance. This has led to some confusion on which tool to use to screen out the VI pathway or evaluate compliance with applicable standards for VAP.

    DERR has reviewed the new federal guidance for application when evaluating sites under our cleanup programs. For Remedial Response and RCRA sites, we are recommending use of the US EPA VI guidance for VI investigations, along with some aspects of the DERR’s 2010 VI guidance. For more specific information, please contact the appropriate program. Similarly, for VAP, we advise the use of the VISL Calculator for screening, with emphasis on further sampling (soil gas and indoor air) if site concentrations exceed screening levels. Mathematical modeling, which is permitted under the VAP rules, may have utility but should be evaluated on a site-specific basis. With respect to the Johnson and Ettinger model for vapor intrusion to indoor air specifically, the appropriateness of using this model has been called into question. However, no further action letters that include VI demonstrations may continue to rely on mathematical modeling conducted in accordance with the VAP rules and DERR’s 2010 VI guidance until such time the guidance is updated. We also strongly recommend you consult with the program if you have a project with VI issues, especially if you have or would like to rely upon VI modeling.


Archived Announcements/Highlights

April 14, 2015
  • The 2015 Spring SABR News is now available. Topics included in this issue: Youngstown Urban Core Redevelopment, Katie Courtright Joins Ohio EPA, Summit County Background Report, Planning Underway for 2016 Ohio Brownfields Conference, and more!
November 28, 2014
November 7, 2014
  • The 2014 Winter SABR News issue is now available. Topics inluded in this issue: U.S. EPA Opens FY15 Brownfield Grant Round, Brownfield Funding Workshops, Recent CP Trainings, SABR Staff Changes, Chardon Rubber Company Cleanup and Redevelopment, and Courses Offered for PDHUs
October 20, 2014
  • U.S. EPA is opening their FY2015 Brownfield Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) Grant round by the end of October. If you are submitting an application/proposal for one of these grants you will need a State Support Letter. Instructions on how to obtain a State Support Letter can be found here.
August 1, 2014
July 31, 2014
  • New Lab Certification applications for 2014 have been posted and can be found here.
February 18, 2014
  • View the latest pre-approved courses, webinars, and archived webinars for PDHU credits!
January 27, 2014
  • Effective January 22, 2014, ALS Environmental (CL0022) of Cincinnati, Ohio received certification for the analysis of Mercury on soil vapor and air. Please contact ALS Environmental for more information.
November 14, 2013
October 1, 2013
September 6, 2013
August 16, 2013
  • Submit your presentation proposal for the 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference. Submittals for this Call for Presentations must be received no later than the close of business on November 15, 2013. Presentations submitted after that date will not be considered for the conference.
August 15, 2013
  • Save the Date!  The 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference is scheduled for April 9-10 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. Visit our Ohio Brownfield Conference website for more info!
July 1, 2013
June 20, 2013
June 12, 2013
May 30, 2013
  • View our new Summaries of CNS Projects web page. Find summaries of covenants not to sue (CNSs) issued by Ohio EPA in recent years, including historical use, types of contamination, applicable standards, remedies or land use restrictions, any state cleanup funds received, plans for redevelopment and photos.
April 18, 2013
April 12, 2013
  • The Clean Ohio Brownfield Revitalization Fund programs have leveraged over $10.00 of investment per grant dollar through the redevelopment of over 380 former commercial and industrial properties.If you have a project and would like to discuss funding opportunities please contact the JobsOhio Network Partner for your area.
September 3, 2012

Training Events & Proceedings

Please visit our Eventbrite Training Profile to register for current training opportunities

Upcoming Training Event Date and Location Registration
  • Winter 2016 CP Coffee
February 24, 2016
Columbus, OH
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
@ Ohio EPA's Center for Excellence
Registration Open
     
  • CP Initial Training
March 8, 2016
Columbus, OH
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
@ Ohio EPA's Center for Excellence
Registration Open



Past Training Events

Past Training Event Date and Location
Proceedings
  • CP Initial Training
December 10, 2015
Columbus, OH
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
@ Ohio EPA's Center for Excellence
Coming Soon
     
  • CP Annual Training
October 27, 2015
Columbus, OH
@ ODOT Central Auditorium
Agenda with links to presentations
     
  • Local, State, and Federal Resources to Redevelop Blighted Properties (Piqua Workshop)
October 20, 2015
Piqua, OH
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
@ Fort Piqua Plaza Banquet Center
308 N Main St, Piqua, OH 45356
in the Ulysses S. Grant Room
Agenda with links to presentations
     
  • Local, State, and Federal Resources to Redevelop Blighted Properties (Northwest Ohio Workshop)
September 17, 2015
Perrysburg, OH
9am-2pm
@ Owens Community College
30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
Agenda with links to presentations
     
  • CP Initial Training
September 11, 2015
Columbus, OH
9:00am – 5:30pm
@ Ohio EPA
Center for Excellence
50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus, OH 43215
Coming Soon
     
  • Soil Classification, Description and Logging for Environmental Investigations
August 24 & 31, 2015
Groveport, OH
8:30am – 5:00pm
@ Ohio EPA
Groveport Field Office
4675 Homer Ohio Lane, Groveport, OH 43125
Coming Soon
     
  • Summer 2015 CP Coffee
July 14, 2015
Columbus, OH
@ State Library of Ohio at 1:00PM
Agenda with links to presentations
WebEx Recording
     
  • CP Initial Training
June 25, 2015
Columbus, OH
@ Ohio EPA Center for Excellence at 9:00 am
Coming Soon
     
  • CP Training Webinar on VISL Calculator
May 12, 2015
Online @ 10am
Coming Soon
     
  • Local, State, and Federal Resources to Redevelop Blighted Properties
    (Marietta Workshop)
    (Not eligible for PDHUs)
May 8, 2015
@ 9am at the Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley
Regional Development District
Agenda with links to presentations
     
  • CP Coffee
April 13, 2015
@ State Library of Ohio
in Columbus, Ohio
Agenda with links to presentations
WebEx recording
     
  • CP Initial Training
Feb 3, 2015
@ 9:00am Columbus, Ohio
Proceeding Documents
     
  • Laboratory Training for VAP Certified Professionals
Jan 29, 2015
@ 9:00am Department of Administrative Services on Surface Road
Agenda with links to presentations and full WebEx recording
     
  • CP Initial Training
Jan 16, 2015
@ 9:00am Columbus, Ohio
Proceeding Documents
     
  • Advanced Tools for In-Situ Remediation Workshop
December 2, 2014
Columbus, Ohio
@ Department of Administrative Services on Surface Road
coming soon
     
  • VAP 2014 Fall CP Coffee
October 7, 2014
Columbus, OH
@ Department of Administrative Services on Surface Road
Agenda with links to presentations
WebEx Recording
     
  • Local, State, and Federal Resources to Redevelop Blighted Properties
    (Canton Workshop) (Not eligible for PDHUs)
October 2, 2014
Canton, OH
@ the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Presentations
     
  • CP Initial Training
September 29, 2014
Columbus, OH
@ Department of Administrative Services on Surface Road
Proceeding Documents
     
  • Ground Water Sampling Training for CPs
Sept. 17, 24, 25, and 30, 2014
Westerville, OH
@ Otterbein University
coming soon
     
  • Local, State, and Federal Resources to Redevelop Blighted Properties
September 11, 2014
Middletown, OH
Presentations
     
  • CP Initial Training
August 25, 2014
Columbus, OH
@ ODOT's Central Office
Proceeding Documents
     
  • CP Initial Training
July 28, 2014
Columbus, OH
@ ODOT's Central Office
Proceeding Documents
     
  • Local, State and Federal Resources to Redevelop Blighted Properties
June 19, 2014
Sandusky, Ohio
Presentations
     

Visit our Outreach & Training page for more proceedings from past training events

Certification

Financial Assistance/Incentives

Technical Assistance (TA)

Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Track

USDs and Other Director Approvals Prior to Issuance of NFA Letter

NFA Information, Process & Procedures

Post-CNS Remedy Revision Notice

 
Smith, Martin VAP/FF Manager
(614) 644-4829
Kaletsky, Kelly VAP/FF Supervisor (614) 644-2304
Burke, Justin Federal Facilities (614) 644-2902
Poole, Sydney Voluntary Action Program (614) 644-3751
Tjoelker, Dan VAP Audit Coordinator
(614) 644-3750