Faced with the challenge of ensuring that more than 20,000 contaminated sites in New Jersey are properly remediated in a timely manner, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) worked closely with the New Jersey Legislature and stakeholders to develop legislation that dramatically changed the process used to conduct environmental investigations and cleanups. In May 2009, the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) was signed into law.
SRRA, which provides sweeping changes to the way in which sites are remediated in New Jersey, also amends other statutes such as the Brownfield
and Contaminated Sites Act and the Spill Compensation and Control Act. SRRA, establishes a program for the establishment of Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) who will have responsibility for oversight of environmental investigation and cleanup. While the law changes the process of how sites are remediated, it ensures the same stringent standards required for cleanup remain intact. The NJDEP will retain significant authority over the remediation process and will ensure that LSRPs comply with all applicable regulations. However, the day-to-day management of site remediation will be overseen by qualified LSRPs.