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Statutory Deadline to Complete Remedial Investigation by May 7, 2014

This month, NJDEP sent notice regarding the Statutory Deadline to Complete Remedial Investigation by May 7, 2014. The Department directed letters to “all persons responsible for conducting the remediation who, according to the Department’s records, are required to meet the May 7, 2014 statutory deadline for completing the remedial investigation set forth in the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA; N.J.S.A. 58:10C-1 et seq.”  The DEP also set up a website with information regarding the statutory deadline, and created a call center (1-855-629-2014) for inquiries pertaining to the requirement.  The call center operates between 9 am and 4 pm.

The SRRA states that, “The department shall undertake direct oversight of a remediation of a contaminated site under the following conditions: … unless a longer period has been ordered by a court, the person responsible for conducting the remediation has, prior to the date of enactment of N.J.S.A. 58:10C-1 et seq., failed to complete the remedial investigation of the entire contaminated site 10 years after the discovery of a discharge at the site and has failed to complete the remedial investigation of the entire contaminated site within five years after the date of enactment of N.J.S.A. 58:10C-1 et seq.” (NJDEP SRP Website).

A summary of the specifications of the requirement, as published in the DEP’s June 2013 Compliance Alert Statement: Interpretation of SRRA Requirement to Complete the Remedial Investigation by May 2014is available at the NJDEP SRP websiteThe Interpretation addresses:

  • “To what the May 7, 2014 deadline applies”
  • “What “entire contaminated site” means”
  • “What “complete the remedial investigation” means”
  • “What “nature and extent of the contamination” means”
  • “The need to attain remediation standards prior to issuance of a Response Action Outcome”

The entire text is available here.

A PDF of the Compliance Alert Letter is also available on the NJDEP’s website, as is a list of Frequently Asked Questions.


Independent Regulatory Review Commission Approves Final Rulemaking for the
Current Review of PA’s Water Quality Standards

On June 20th, the IRRC approved the final rulemaking for the most recent review of Pennsylvania’s water quality standards (25 Pa Code, Chapter 93).

In the June 21st issue of Sentinel, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry (PA Chamber) reported that it worked with regulatory bodies such as the Pennsylvania DEP, the IRRC, and state legislature, to “address concerns about the rulemaking’s potential impact on the regulated community throughout the triennial review process.”

The PA Chamber voiced support for the final rulemaking in its letter to the director of the IRRC, and asserted that the rulemaking is based on sound, verifiable science that takes into consideration the economic impact of the rulemaking on the regulated community and strikes the necessary balance between surface water protection and economic development throughout Pennsylvania”.   In its letter, the PA Chamber also noted that the rulemaking will continue to properly regulate discharges into Pennsylvania’s surface waters to ensure clean water, recreational opportunities, and human health and aquatic life protection in the present and in years to come.”

Regulation Details, including public comments, the IRRC’s Regulatory Analysis Form, and its Approval Order are found here.

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