The Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act authorizes the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to set up Cost Recovery Programs.  A Section 28 was prepared for FY 1991-92 and a Budget Change Proposal was prepared for FY 1993-94 to establish authority for the “Cost Recovery for Regulatory Oversight of Cleanups” Site Cleanup Program (SCP) which was funded under the General Fund. In June 1993, the SWRCB approved $2,000,000 in Cleanup and Abatement funding to allow facilities to be added to this cost recovery program without a deposit.  In July 1994, the decision was made to fully fund the program from the Cleanup and Abatement Account (CAA) and no longer collect deposits.  The current allocation for SLIC is $16,091,083.

The SCP Program is set up so that reasonable expenses incurred by the SWRCB/DAS and Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB) in overseeing water quality matters can be recovered from the responsible party.  Facilities are assigned a site specific program cost account code to track expenditures.  Reasonable expenses will be billed to the identified responsible parties and collected by the Fee Coordinator at the SWRCB in the Division of Administrative Services (DAS). This program is designed to cover those facilities in which responsible parties agree to pay oversight costs.  Vigorous enforcement action should be taken against other facilities where cleanup is appropriate and responsible parties do not cooperate.

Making a Payment

 NEW! If you are having difficulty paying your invoice due to the COVID-19 emergency, please email: SiteCleanup@waterboards.ca.gov

To make a payment, please include the invoice number(s) on your check and mail it to:

SWRCB Accounting Office
Site Cleanup Program Fees
P.O. Box 1888
Sacramento, CA 95812-1888

Contact Information

Email:  SiteCleanup@waterboards.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 341-5643
FAX:    (916) 341-5248