NJDEP and SRPLB Busy at Year-End

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NJDEP and SRPLB Busy at Year-End

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has been busy!  A summary of updates is provided below:

  • A revised Site Remediation Program (SRP) organization chart surfaced and can be found here.  It’s not complete but gives an idea how the SRP reorganization will look in the new year.
  • Remedial Priority Scoring (RPS) system rankings will be released in January 2012.  Parties will have 60 days to comment.
  • The LSRP Notification of Retention or Dismissal, Monitoring Well Certification Form B – Location Certification, and Public Notification and Outreach forms were recently updated and can be found here.
  • A guide on Varying from a Rule and Applying Technical Guidance was published on the NJDEP website and can be found here.

The Site Remediation Professionals Licensing Board (SRPLB) has been busy as well.  A couple updates from the SRPLB include:

  • All temporary Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) should have received an email with directions to access an online Job Task Analysis Survey containing questions about the responsibilities of a Site Remediation Professional.  The Job Task Analysis is the basis for developing and prioritizing LSRP examination questions. LSRPs are being asked to fill the survey out as soon as possible.  Input from a large number of LSRPs is vitally important to ensure that the exam questions are representative of our work. The survey should only take approxiamtely one hour to complete online.  Responses are due approximately two weeks from the date temporary LSRPs received the email.
  • The Site Remediation Professionals Licensing Board (SRPLB) approved the Disciplinary Process at the November 14 meeting.  Details can be found here.

Gas Well Drill Cuttings Advisory and Sampling and Analysis Protocol

The NJDEP is advising all New Jersey solid and hazardous waste management facilities, and all other New Jersey sites that may accept and/or use well cuttings, that well cuttings produced during the drilling of wells in the Marcellus Shale and other deep shale formations may already or will soon be entering New Jersey for transfer, management, storage and/or disposal. These materials may contain petroleum hydrocarbons from drilling fluids and elevated concentrations of heavy metals and radionuclides that are associated with the Marcellus Shale and other bedrock formations.

All New Jersey facilities and/or sites (including, without limitation, landfills, landfill closure projects, transfer stations, recycling facilities, brownfields redevelopment sites, etc.) that propose to accept this material shall ensure that the acceptance and use of this material is consistent with all relevant New Jersey statutes, regulations, permits, approvals and standards (including the Fill Guidance for Site Remediation Program Sites where brownfields redevelopment sites and other sites undergoing remediation are the intended disposal location).

All facilities seeking to accept cuttings derived from the drilling of wells in the Marcellus Shale and other deep shale formations shall properly characterize each source of this material prior to its receipt. To properly characterize the cuttings, samples from each well shall be collected at the frequency specified in the table listed in the Interim Sampling & Analysis Protocol for Gas Well Drill Cuttings.  Sampling of the materials should be done in accordance with the concepts of the Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (NJAC 7:26E) and the “Field Sampling Procedures Manual (FSPM).”  To view the “Sampling and Analysis Protocol” and the “Advisory Regarding Gas Well Drill cuttings – November 2011,” visit this website.


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