Office of Record Access
The Office of Record Access (ORA) receives all Open Public Record Act (OPRA) record requests, determines whether a request is complete, assigns requests to the appropriate DEP Program Area's Assistant Commissioner Record Custodians (ACRCs), makes policy/legal determinations, notifies requesters of the outcome of requests, and makes arrangements for access of the records (e.g. File Reviews, Copying or Faxing).
ORA also provides efficient access to the Site Remediation Program’s government records. ORA performs effective processes to identify and collect all records to satisfy a Public, State, Federal or internal government record request. ORA has established programs for meeting the informational needs of the public in matters related to the Open Public Records Act & Freedom of Information Act; as well as, the informational needs of the Department in matters related to the assessment of Natural Resource Damages and litigation concerns.
All OPRA record requests must be entered online at: http://www.nj.gov/dep/opra/ or paper copies submitted to the following address:
NOTE: Any OPRA requests that are not sent to the above address may be delayed or denied.
Matthew J. Coefer is the official records custodian for the Department of Environmental Protection (Department). Please contact the Office of the Record Access at (609) 341-3121, if you have any questions on gaining access to Department documents.
You may fax our office at (609) 292-1177. However, Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 47:1A-9.a and N.J.A.C. 7:1D-3.4, the Department disallows facsimile transmittal of OPRA requests.
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