Sierra Club Petitions EPA to Stop New Jersey From Using Private Companies to Oversee Cleanups

Posted by on Dec 31, 2009 in DEP Rules, Site Remediation

By Henry T. Chou, Esq.
On December 30, 2009, the Sierra Club petitioned the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to halt New Jersey’s implementation of the Licensed Site Remediation Program, which would shift regulatory oversight of contaminated sites from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to private engineers licensed by a State Board.

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Development Coalition Seeks Overhaul of Land Use and Environmental Procedures

Posted by on Sep 29, 2009 in DEP Rules, General Information, Municipal Land Use Law, Permit Extension Act, Redevelopment, Site Remediation

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
For the past two years, a coalition of developers and business groups called the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition has sought to effect significant changes in land use use and environmental regulatory laws aimed at keeping businesses in New Jersey and attacting new business. It now hopes to push through some of its legislation in the lame duck Legislative session after the gubernatorial election in November.

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Governor Corzine Signs Bill Allowing Private Professionals to Oversee Site Cleanups

Posted by on May 7, 2009 in DEP Rules, Site Remediation

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
In a highly anticipated move, Governor Corzine signed the “Licensed Site Remediation Professional” (LSRP) bill into law this morning. The legislation – based on a successful model developed by the State of Massachusetts – creates a 13-member board comprised of public and private representatives that licenses professionals to oversee site cleanups that are currently under the jurisdiction of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

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