The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) proposed major amendments to its rules for site remediation in NJ. These proposed rules will complete the phase-in period for the Site Remediation Reform Act and the use of NJ LSRP services at all contaminated sites.
The new rules require all site remediation projects to use NJ LSRP services to oversee and approve all work. The end result for many businesses is a reduction in the amount of time and effort needed to bring an environmental project to a successful closure. The rules will apply to site remediation of essentially all contaminated sites in New Jersey, including brownfields, sites with Underground Storage Tanks (USTs), and facilities subject to the Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) and the Discharge Prevention Program (DPCC).
When the Act becomes fully effective in 2012, all site remediation projects in NJ must use the services of a NJ LSRP and must proceed with the clean-up of their site without prior NJDEP approval.
Under the new provisions, cleanups will have new regulatory and mandatory timeframes of within 10 years from discovery of a discharge. Cleanup must be completed within six years at sites having only soil contamination. Additionally, the NJDEP proposes to significantly increase penalties for failure to meet complex procedural and substantive cleanup requirements, up to $25,000 per violation.
According to the Christie administration, the proposed rules establish “outcome-oriented criteria” for the cleanup of contaminated sites, “with a goal of ensuring the highest standards of protection of human health and the environment.”
These proposed regulations will significantly impact anyone involved in site remediation, whether they be environmental professionals, businesses or property owners.
To learn more about the proposed rules, call The Entech Group, Inc at 800-571-8661 .