The Pa. Department of Environmental Protection has proposed new major revisions to Pennsylvania’s Act 2, Land Recycling Program requirements for the cleanup of contaminated real estate. In a December 15, 2009 presentation to the Environmental Quality Board, DEP proposed to modify statewide cleanup standards for contaminated sites. Under the proposal, Pennsylvania would adopt the cleanup standards under the current EPA Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund (January 2009) and would revise the tables of numeric values for Statewide health standards. The proposal would also ensure a regular review of the requirements every three years for possible revisions to the tables of numeric cleanup values for substances regulated under Act 2.
Under the new proposal, cleanup standards for 215 pollutants would be made higher; the standards for 170 other pollutants would be made lower. In addition, 26 new substances would be added to the regulations. The DEP Powerpoint presentation to the EQB has additional details. For further information, the entire proposal, including an Executive Summary, preamble to the proposed regulation, and the revised Land Recycling Program Annex A and tables are available here: Proposed Rulemaking: Administration of the Land Recycling Program