Site Mitigation & Restoration Program

We protect and maintain California’s land and places
by setting strict standards for land restoration and cleanup

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California Land Recycling Conference
September 22-24, 2020

The California Land Recycling Conference 2020 (CALRC 2020) is an invaluable virtual gathering that brings together leaders who are working to build community resilience through brownfield remediation and land recycling. Using a mixed media approach of recorded speakers, live panel discussions, and customized breakout sessions, the conference is focused on the most relevant topics in funding, housing, regulatory frameworks, and technical guidance to help our region spark economic recovery through strategic land reuse.

The sessions will be timely and contextual. What does land reuse mean in the time of COVID-19? What funding mechanisms work in the emerging economy? How does the housing crisis interact with surging community needs? What solution-driven projects have the best chance of success for recovery and resilient communities?

There will be plenty of opportunities for networking and interaction, even with the virtual nature of the conference. Through the conference platform, every attendee is able to create a profile which includes their bio and social media or website links. Attendees can chat with each other outside of the conference sessions and begin or join in conversations with all attendees on different topics. Exhibitors and sponsors have virtual booths for attendees to explore, and even talk with a representative. With tiered ticket prices for general admission, government/non-profits, and students, the conference will attract interdisciplinary interest from California and beyond.

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Among other types of properties, Site Mitigation and Restoration Program staff provides regulatory oversight for the evaluation and cleanup of brownfields. Brownfields are properties that are contaminated, or thought to be contaminated, and are underutilized due to perceived remediation cost and liability concerns. Many of these properties are in the urban core, near transit and often in underserved communities with housing and economic development needs. Cleaning up brownfield properties not only eliminates the threat to residents and neighborhoods from hazardous substances, it frees this abandoned or underutilized land for productive reuse. Redevelopment of brownfields also takes development pressures off previously undeveloped property, thereby preserving open space and agricultural land.

The State of California and DTSC realize the need for and importance of brownfield redevelopment. To support this priority, DTSC has created programs and administrative vehicles to formalize and streamline the engagement and oversight process. DTSC has several types of voluntary agreements that can be used to provide regulatory oversight for brownfields and other types of properties as well. Note that the decision-making process and environmental assessment and/or cleanup steps under voluntary agreements and for enforcement actions both follow all applicable regulatory requirements and demand the same rigor and scientific scrutiny to ensure the protection of human health and the environment. Both voluntary agreements and enforcement actions are subject to the same public participation process, and DTSC’s public participation process will vary based on the level of community interest in the project or property.

The oversight and engagement process is shown graphically in the flowchart below and accessed via the links in this Quick Reference Guide:

  1. Agreements
  2. Scoping Meetings
  3. Evaluation
  4. Remedy Selection
  5. Implementation
  6. Certification and Stewardship
DTSC’s Voluntary Agreements - Assessment & Cleanup Process Diagram

Download PDF version of this diagram.

This document is intended to be guidance only and it does not supersede or implement laws or regulations. The information in this advisory is intended solely as guidance and as educational reference material and should not be considered enforceable or regulatory in nature.