The Discharge Prevention Program works to forestall the release of hazardous substances and petroleum products to the environment, thereby protecting natural resources and public health before problems occur. The program centers on sound management practices that are considered essential when working with hazardous substances: training employees who handle such materials, periodically inspecting storage tanks, assuring that adequate secondary containment is in place, and developing standard operating procedures for routine operations and maintenance. The program also works to ensure that response plans, trained personnel and emergency equipment are at hand should an incident occur. The Program is often referred to by the acronym "DPCC," which refers to one of the preparedness documents that major facilities develop under the Program, the Discharge Prevention, Containment and Countermeasure plan.
The Discharge Prevention Program operates under the authority of the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11. The requirements of the program are codified under N.J.A.C. 7:1E, and that regulation serves as the basis for the Program’s work. All facilities and individuals in the State, even homeowners, are subject to the reporting requirements of N.J.A.C. 7:1E-5 should a discharge of a hazardous substance occur. However, the majority of the regulatory requirements apply only to facilities that store 20,000 gallons or more of New Jersey-regulated hazardous substances, excluding petroleum products, or 200,000 gallons of regulated hazardous substances including petroleum products. Additional information is available in the regulation, in the guidance documents available for download from this web site, and from the frequently asked questions page.
Administratively, the Program is divided into the Engineering Review Section and the Field Verification Section. The former reviews plans outlining discharge prevention and cleanup strategies that have been submitted by regulated facilities. The latter conducts annual audits and other field activities. All professional staff are engineers.
Transmission Pipeline Registration Form 2011 (MS Word)
Transmission Pipeline Registration Instructions 2011 (MS Word)
News about the Discharge Prevention Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Discharge Prevention Downloads, including Rules and Guidance Documents
Links to Related Sites
To Report an Environmental Incident
Call 1-877-927-6337 (1-877-WARN DEP). This is a toll-free number available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. If this number is not working, call the New Jersey State Police at 1-609-882-2000.