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HAZARDOUS DISCHARGE SITE REMEDIATION FUND

PURPOSE OF FUNDING
To provide grants to public entities (municipalities, counties, and redevelopment entities) for 100% of the costs of the investigation and a portion of the costs (25% to 75% depending on the end use) of the cleanup of contaminated sites identified as areas specifically in need of redevelopment.  To provide grants to public entities for 75% of the costs to cleanup contaminated sites specifically located in a designated Brownfield Development Area (BDA). To provide loans to public entities (individuals, corporations, businesses, etc.) for the cleanup of contaminated sites in need of redevelopment. 

To provide various grants and loans to private entities for the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites.

SOURCE OF FUNDING
A $40 million special appropriation was made in August 2003 to the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF) program. A constitutional amendment approved in November 2003 reallocated $50 million from the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade, and Closure Fund to the HDSRF program and increased the overall funding allocated to the program each year.  This equates to a stable source of HDSRF funding in the range of $15 million to $20 million per year.

STATUTORY CITATION
N.J.S.A. 58:10B-4.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE
Grants:  Public entities that either hold a tax sale certificate for a property, have acquired a property through foreclosure or other similar means, or have passed an ordinance or resolution indicating their intent to acquire a property by voluntary conveyance are eligible for 100% of the costs to complete Preliminary Assessment (PA), Site Investigation (SI), and Remedial Investigation (RI) activities.  Public entities are eligible for an additional 75% of the costs of the Remedial Action (RA) if the property is located in a designated BDA.  Public entities that own the contaminated property are eligible for 25% of the costs to complete an RA by using an approved innovative technology or by achieving a limited restricted use or unrestricted use No Further Action (NFA) designation.   Public entities that plan a recreation/conservation use for a property are eligible for 75% of the costs of the RA and for affordable housing are eligible for 50% of the costs of the RA.   Private entities that meet the criteria of an “innocent party” as defined in N.J.S.A 58:10B-6 are eligible for 50% of the costs to complete PA, SI, RI, and RA activities.  Private entities with a net worth of less than $2 million are eligible for 25% of the costs to complete an RA by using an approved innovative technology or by achieving a limited restricted use or unrestricted use No Further Action designation. 

            Loans:  Public entities that elect to complete an RA at a property that they own are eligible for loan funding.  Private entities that perform a voluntary cleanup and can not obtain funding from a conventional lending institution are eligible for 100% of the costs to complete PA, SI, RI, and RA activities.

QUALIFICATIONS
Public entity applicants are required to provide documentation indicating the need for redevelopment at the subject property through a comprehensive plan or resolution.  Public entity applicants are required to provide proof of ownership or ownership interest documentation, with the exception of properties located in a BDA. Information pertaining to a suspected discharge at the property must be provided (e.g. former use of property, previous environmental investigations conducted at property) and the applicant must enter a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the NJDEP for the remediation.  Private entity applicants are required to enter an MOA with the NJDEP and provide all necessary documentation as requested by the HDSRF program for the applicable grant and/or loan.

FUNDING LIMITATIONS
Public entities:  Funding is available to public entities up to $3 million per calendar year and an additional $2 million per calendar year is available if the property is located within a BDA.  Matching grants for an RA using an innovative technology or an RA for a limited restricted use/unrestricted use NFA designation are capped at $250,000 per project.

            Private entities:  Innocent party grants are available for up to 50% of the costs of the remediation up to $1 million. Matching grants for an RA using an innovative technology or an RA for a limited restricted use/unrestricted use NFA designation are capped at $250,000 per project.  Loans are available for 100% of the remediation costs up to $1 million per calendar year.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Applications are available online or may be obtained by request from the NJDEP, Division of Site Remediation and Waste Management, Office of Brownfield Reuse.  The administrative and technical aspects of the application are reviewed by the NJDEP.  The New Jersey Economic Development Authority completes a review of financial eligibility, property ownership and site control documentation.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
None.

NOTIFICATION DATE
Not applicable.

FOR INFORMATION OR TO REQUEST AN NJDEP APPLICATION, CONTACT
Timothy Bartle, Chief
NJDEP, Office of Brownfield Reuse
401 East State Street
PO Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Telephone: (609) 292-1251
timothy.bartle@dep.state.nj.us

APPLICATION LINK: www.nj.gov/dep/srp/brownfields/obr

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