Site Mitigation & Restoration Program

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February 22, 2021

Attention Redevelopers: Below-Market Environmental Cleanup Funding Available

Register today for upcoming webinars!

Government, nonprofit, and private developers may qualify for below-market funding for cleanup activities that support redevelopment. Act quickly: DTSC Revolving Loan Fund Program is only accepting applications until March 2021. With $3.3 million to lend, you’ll get the funding over a five-year period for soil, groundwater, and infrastructure investigations; hazardous materials assessments and surveys; site cleanup; hazardous material or waste disposal; engineering and institutional controls; and eligible response costs. Join DTSC and the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) at our upcoming webinars to learn about: The Revolving Loan Fund program (RLF), loan terms, site and applicant eligibility, oversight and other benefits.


  • Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi, Brownfield Development Manager, Site Mitigation & Restoration Program, DTSC
  • Jennifer Black, RLF Program Manager, DTSC
  • Ignacio Dayrit, Program Consultant, Center for Creative Land Recycling


Two Convenient Webinar Dates

For more information, please visit our Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program web page or contact Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi at


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.