New NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) Rules Finalized
On January 4, 2016, the New Jersey Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board (Board) adopted final regulations pertaining to the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program established pursuant to the 2009 New Jersey Site Remediation Reform Act (LSRP Rules). The new regulations include provisions governing licensure, continuing education, audits, rules of professional conduct, disciplinary and adjudicatory proceedings and retaliatory actions taken by LSRP clients. The LSRP Rules have important implications not only for LSRPs, but for any party responsible for conducting a remediation (PRCR) who must retain an LSRP to oversee its project, which includes most site remediation projects in New Jersey. The following provides some background to the new rules, themes that seemed to guide the Board, and pointers for PRCRs to consider in hiring an LSRP, including the need to keep any dealings with an LSRP above board and to remember that an LSRP has duties beyond his or her duty to a client; the penalties for interfering with those duties or the independent judgment of an LSRP can be severe and any retaliation against an LSRP can land the client in hot water. Choose your LSRP wisely!