Environmental Covenants List

The Environmental Covenants Registry is a list of sites that have implemented institutional controls as part of the remedy. Institutional controls are administrative or legal measures used to prevent activities that may compromise the integrity of a cleanup action. They are meant to prevent exposure to contamination remaining on site. Institutional controls may include environmental covenants (also known as “deed restrictions”), zoning restrictions, public health advisories, or other administrative tools. The most common institutional control is an environmental covenant. Environmental covenants are legal recorded documents that typically limit certain uses of the property, such as:

  • Drilling a water supply well on the property.
  • Disturbing pavement covering contaminated areas.
  • Residential use of the property.
(Note: Ecology’s use of the term “Restrictive Covenant” has been replaced by “Environmental Covenant”.)

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