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The legal authority for the State Cleanup Program is provided by:
The Priority Ranking System (PRS) is the method, by which the State Cleanup Section prioritizes, for state response actions, those sites contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum that are excluded from the National Priorities List (NPL). The PRS serves as the State’s management tool to address those sites that pose a significant threat to human health and the environment, in addition to assuring the department’s resources are allocated accordingly. Hazardous substances and petroleum response sites that are evaluated utilizing the PRS are assigned a priority status of low, medium or high depending on site characteristics. Priority ranking is subject to change based upon receipt of additional site information, or other relevant factors.
To ensure that State resources are utilized for managing sites that present the most significant risk to human health and the environment, only sites designated by the State Cleanup Section as high or medium priority sites contaminated with hazardous substances will be assigned a project manager. Medium priority sites contaminated with only petroleum will be assigned to a project manager as work load permits. Sites designated as low priorities will be expected to complete site investigation and remediation without direct oversight by the State Cleanup Section through the Independent Closure Process. Regardless of the extent of oversight provided by the State Cleanup Section, responsible parties are required to perform the necessary site characterization and remedial activities. The State Cleanup Section will continue to pursue any actions necessary to ensure the completion of these activities at sites that fail to progress.