As the deadline approaches, here are some updates we think you might find useful:
- Check the compliance requirements for your sites, relative to PA (ISRA), SI (UST), RE (all) and some LNAPL reports and forms which must be submitted prior to March 1, 2012. If anything is sent out on March 1, 2012, it must be postmarked March 1, 2012. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has emphasized that there are no excuses for missing mandatory timeframes. Missing mandatory timeframes will force NJDEP to go into enforcement.
- The candidate handbook for the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) exam is being reviewed by NJDEP now and is due to be released to temporary LSRPs in a week or two. This handbook is being provided by the Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board (SRPLB) for review prior to taking the exam.
- Effective April 1, 2012, the NJDEP will not process any new applications for temporary licensure. The NJDEP is imposing this deadline so that it can transition to the permanent LSRP program. The NJDEP will process applications for temporary licensure that were received prior to April 1, 2012; however, applications and fees for temporary licensure received after April 1, 2012 will be returned to the applicant. Decisions regarding temporary license applications will be made by April 30, 2012. No new temporary licenses will be awarded by the NJDEP after April 30, 2012.
- The LSRP Association is in the process of developing an exam review course. These reviews are scheduled for April 16, 2012 at the Bergen County Community College in Paramus and April 25, 2012 at the Enterprise Center in Mt. Laurel at Burlington County Community College.
- The LSRP exam is scheduled for sometime in May. There will be two additional exam dates in 2012 and another exam scheduled in January of 2013.
- The audit process has been established and the SRPLB is conducting five random audits monthly. As of February 6, 2012, the NJDEP had received only one response from the five audit questionnaires it had sent out to LSRPs. The deadline for responding was Thursday, February 9. Another five LSRP names were drawn on February 6, 2012 to undergo audit.
- If a letter was received from NJDEP requesting opt-in to the LSRP program and the site is already in the program, call Dave Rubin at NJDEP on each individual case to fix the system. There are multiple Activity Codes (USR is underground storage tanks), so the site needs to have LSUR (for LSRP).
- If a letter was received for a site with an NFA/CEA, it means an LSRP will need to be hired to do a Remedial Permit at the time of your biennial certification. These are being handled on a case-by-case basis and the best way to handle is with a telephone call to Wayne Howitz at NJDEP.
- If documents received by NJDEP have not yet been reviewed and an NFA is not needed immediately, plan on opting-in to the LSRP program. Most likely the document will not be reviewed by NJDEP by May 7. If there is an NFA that you need ASAP, call Dave Rubin at NJDEP.