Major Changes in New Jersey Property Cleanup Process Expected
By the end of 2008, the New Jersey program for remediating contaminated property could be transformed under a bill introduced in the state Legislature on June 5. Aimed at expediting the program, the bill significantly increases the degree of environmental consultant responsibility and generally reduces the degree of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) oversight. It also modifies remedy selection and financial responsibility requirements.
Most important would be a new program to license environmental consultants - referred to as licensed site professionals (LSPs) - including educational, training, experiential and insurance requirements, and an examination to certify qualifications. LSPs would be bound by a strict code of conduct and all submissions to NJDEP would have to be LSP-signed and certified. Non-compliance could result in penalties or license revocation.