If you received a letter from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) asking you to retain an LSRP, this article explains the new standards set by the NJDEP in accordance with the Site Remediation Reform Act. It discusses your role, responsibilities, and next steps; and how Prestige Environmental Inc. can help.
What is an LSRP?
An LSRP or Licensed Site Remediation Professional isrequired to abide by a strict code of ethics, and has extensive education and experience to meet the state’s licensing standards. At Prestige Environmental Inc., our LSRP’s haveover 20 years of experience in site remediation in New Jersey. We have the ability to investigate, remediate, and issue a “Response Action Outcome” (RAO) closure document which is equivalent to a NJDEP issued, “No Further Action” (NFA) letter.
The Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) brought major changes to the way contaminated properties are remediated in New Jersey. The LSRP program was created to expedite cleanup of over 13,000 sites in need of remediation in New Jersey, and by doing so, transform the state’s pending environmental investigations. The state has taken the majority of site remediation work out of the NJDEP’s scope of work and put it into the hands of qualified LSRPs. In addition, the state has started releasing guidance documents to clarify technical requirements to introduce flexibility in the remediation process.
You have until May 7, 2012 to retain an LSRP. At Prestige Environmental Inc., our LSRPs will provide you with a free consultation explaining the entire process involved in site remediation. Even though the NJDEP continues to have control over the remediation process to some degree, and will maintain the same stringent standards when it comes to property cleanups, our LSRPs will oversee the entire site remediation process until the property is remediated. Unlike before, property owners will no longer need to pursue NJDEP approval prior to proceeding with remediation. All parties with contaminated sites, who have received a letter from the NJDEP, are required to hire an LSRP in order to bring all of the state’s remediation cases into the program by May 7, 2012.
All parties responsible for remediating a contaminated site are required to hire an LSRP by May, 7, 2012, when the LSRP program becomes fully implemented under the state law.
Roles & Responsibilities: Who’s doing what?
The NJDEP will regulate property owners through its remediation regulations which include:
- Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites (ARRCS)
- Technical Requirements
- Underground Storage Tank rules (N.J.A.C. 7:14B)
- the Industrial Site Remediation Act rules (N.J.A.C. 7:26B) and
- the Remediation Standards rules (N.J.A.C. 7:26D).
- The NJDEP will oversee all LSRP submissions as an added step to ensure that remediation is completed in adherence to the rules and regulations.
Property Owner’s Role
Hire an LSRP by May 7, 2012 to investigate, remediate and ultimately issue a Response Action Outcome letter (RAO) when remediationis complete.
The LSRP’s Role
An LSRP from Prestige Environmental Inc. will personally supervise the remediation of contaminated property according to standards and regulations, and will issue final approval when remediation is complete.