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COASTAL GENERAL PERMIT 15 – Investigation, cleanup, removal or remediation of hazardous substances

The Coastal General Permit 15 authorizes all regulated activities for the investigation, cleanup, removal or remediation of defined hazardous substances or other pollutants.  Particulars for this general permit include the following:

  • This general permit authorizes activities above the mean high water line.  Activities below the mean high water line require a Waterfront Development Individual Permit.
  • The activities must be undertaken, authorized or otherwise expressly approved in writing by the Department for the investigation, cleanup, removal or remediation of hazardous substances or pollutants.
  • Hazardous Substances are defined by the Spill Compensation and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11 et seq.
  • Pollutants are defined by the New Jersey Water Pollution Control Act, N.J.S. A. 58:10A-1 et seq.
  • If the cleanup activity is proposed in a Special Area as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3, practicable alternatives and minimization must be provided, such that there is less or no disturbance or destruction of the Special Area.
  • If there must be disturbance or destruction of a Special Area, mitigation may be required. 
  • For impacts to coastal wetlands the general permit will not be issued until a required mitigation plan is submitted and approved by the Division.

You can read the full details in the rule at N.J.A.C.7:7-7.15.

If your project does not meet the requirements or limitations of Coastal General Permit 15, it may qualify for a permit-by-rule, other general permit, or a CAFRA or Waterfront Development Individual Permit.  Please review those tabs under Coastal Permitting for additional information.
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