Proposed Changes to NJ Soil Standards Could Drastically Increase Brownfield Cleanup Costs

July 27, 2007
Bruce S. Katcher
NJPA Real Estate Journal

In an action that could have serious repercussions for brownfields redevelopment in New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) recently released new proposed soil cleanup standards for public comment. The proposed standards lower the existing cleanup levels for many prevalent contaminants (including petroleum constituents and common solvents) drastically, meaning that investigation and cleanup costs will increase and some previously cleaned up sites may have to be revisited.

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