Save tens of thousands of dollars: Get your paperwork submitted to NJDEP to avoid fines
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(NOTE: The information in this article does not apply to unregulated heating oil tanks).
According to Fuel Merchants Association Executive Vice President Eric DeGesero, “FMA has held seminars and provided detailed memos regarding changes in the NJDEP Site Remediation Program over the past two and a half years. These deadlines have been widely circulated and will not be extended. Staffing at the NJDEP reflects the transition from compliance assistance to enforcement. The compliance staff is now at 14 individuals and enforcement is at 40.”
Foremost among the documents which must be submitted is an Initial Receptor Evaluation Form. Additionally, Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL) Remediation Reporting Form and Report, Immediate Environmental Concern (IEC) Response Action Form and Report, Preliminary Assessment/Site (PA/SI) Investigation Form and Report Forms might need to be completed.
More information can be found here.
DeGesero continued, “In addition to the above documents, all contaminated sites (again excluding non-regulated USTs) must have a licensed site remediation professional (LSRP) of record or letter of No Further Action (NFA) issued by the NJDEP prior to May 6, 2012. Any open site without and LSRP on May 7, 2012 will be subject to a fine in the tens of thousands of dollars. You may check with your current consultant to find out if they are an LSRP or find a list of licensed LSRPs here.
“These dates are the first step in the process of the NJDEP enforcing the Legislature’s mandate that all RPs have an affirmative obligation to remediate a contaminated site,” DeGesero concluded.