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About the Site Remediation Program

 

About Site Remediation Program's Units

Division Of Enforcement, Technical & Financial Support

The Division of Enforcement, Technical and Financial Support has been charged with providing consistent, reliable assistance to the Program’s lead Division of Remediation Management. All issues dealing with enforcement actions, financial matters or hazardous site science are housed in this Division. The specific functions and responsibilities of the Enforcement and Information Support, Financial Services and Hazardous Site Science Elements and the Bureaus within those Elements are presented herein.

ENFORCEMENT & INFORMATION SUPPORT ELEMENT

This element is comprised of Bureau of Case Assignment & Initial Notice, Bureau of Enforcement & Investigations, and Bureau of Information Systems. The element is responsible for three main distinct program functions with the program. These areas include overseeing compliance and enforcement for all remediation activities, administrative processing of document submissions for new and existing remediation cases and management of the information technology necessary to track case activity and support the web-based flow of information and data.

While the nature of these functions vary, the coordination among these activities within the element critical to the overall success of the LSRP Program. The nature of these responsibilities directly relate to the flow and processing of information upon which all Site Remediation Programs rely. Having both the information technology responsibilities along with case processing allows for the close coordination of efforts to manage and implement transformation and streamlining opportunities. In addition, since compliance and enforcement activities are strongly linked to data quality, managing both the volume of data and methods of data acquisition within the same element provides an opportunity to identify data concerns and implement corrective actions.

Bureau of Enforcement & Investigations

This bureau is responsible for ensuring compliance with all site remediation laws including the Spill Compensation and Control, the Site Remediation Reform Act, the Underground Storage of Hazardous Substances Act and the Industrial Site Recovery Act and enforcing against all parties that have an obligation to comply. The Site Remediation Reform Act includes key requirements that parties meet specific milestones related to investigating and remediating known and suspected contaminated sites. These requirements include hiring licensed site remediation professionals and meeting time frames to insure timely remedial activities. Through a variety of functions, the bureau tracks compliance for the Site Remediation Program.

Other responsibilities include compliance assistance, DEP’s New Jersey Environmental Management System (NJEMS), data corrections/updating, preparing and issuing enforcement documents in response to site remediation violations, negotiating and preparing settlement agreements and providing support to the Division of Law for enforcing direct oversight, cost recovery and natural resource damages (NRD) litigation, bankruptcy proceedings involving contaminated sites and for hearings held before the Office of Administrative Law. The bureau is also responsible for identifying, locating and linking responsible parties to contaminated sites via responsible party searches and by requesting the collection of samples for unknown source investigations. They manage the collection of Remediation Funding Sources (RFS) and related certifications, surcharges, disbursements and pulling RFS for state-controlled remedial actions. Also, the bureau is pursuing the collection of outstanding oversight costs owed to the Site Remediation Program.

For more information, please visit nj.gov/dep/srp/enforcement.

Bureau of Case Assignment & Initial Notice

This bureau is comprised of several units responsible for the processing of sites subject to site remediation obligations, the data management of all related document submissions for those sites and subsequent review and/or distribution to other key program areas. All data and actions are data managed in NJEMS in accordance with all SOPs and Procedures.

This work includes evaluating all site remediation related incidents called into the Department’s Hotline and processing all mail, reports, forms and checks received from Licensed Site Remediation Professionals or responsible parties and related compliance assistance activities. The bureau also processes and/or reviews submissions made in compliance with the Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) including General Information Submissions, de minimis quantity exemptions and limited conveyances. For sites subject to the Underground Storage of Hazardous Substances Act, they manage the UST Registration and Billing functions, processes UST closures and issues permits for UST installations and repairs. Reports related to Immediate Environmental Concern and Unregulated Heating Oil Tank (UHOT) cases are data entered and transferred for review.

Bureau of Information Systems

This bureau provides information technology support to the Site Remediation Program by overseeing information planning, data access and data sharing. This involves use of NJEMS, COMPASS and NJGeoWeb system design and implementation in partnership with the Office of Information Resources Management. In addition, they facilitates data development through coordination of manual data entry, electronic reporting by the regulated community and GIS data production. The bureau is responsible for making available electronic and hardcopy data products and documents to support the program and in response to the state’s Open Public Records Act and the Federal Freedom of Information Act. Additional responsibilities include web design and development for Site Remediation Program’s web pages and DEP’s Stakeholder web page, purchasing for Site Remediation Program, graphic unit support and map productions.

HAZARDOUS SITE SCIENCE ELEMENT

This element is comprised of the Bureau of Environmental Evaluation & Risk Assessment, Bureau of Ground Water Pollution Abatement, Office of Data Quality, Office of Dredging & Sediment Technology, and Office of Community Relations. The element provides clear and consistent technical and regulatory assistance on contaminated site remedial issues to lead units within SRP, other units within DEP, the regulated community, and Licensed Site Remediation Professionals. Assistance includes development of regulations, guidance documents, policies and strategies for the program including the LSRP program.

Bureau of Environmental Evaluation & Risk Assessment

The bureau provides technical support on traditional oversight cases (CERCLA, RCRA, DoD), Immediate Environmental Concern (IEC) cases , publicly funded cases, and direct Department oversight cases. This bureau also provides support to SRP reviewers/inspectors in areas such as ecological assessment, alternative remediation standards, natural background determinations, and vapor intrusion issues. They also provide Technical Consultations with LSRPs.

This bureau also participates in regulation and guidance document development, training, and various technical workgroups such as BTAG, ITRC, Standards Consistency as well as assistance to the NJDEP Science Advisory Board. They also provide technical support to special high profile cases such as the Passaic River Initiative and Hudson County Chromium cases.

Bureau of Ground Water Pollution Abatement

This Bureau provides geological support on traditional oversight cases (CERCLA, RCRA, DoD), IECs, publicly funded cases, and direct Department oversight cases. They also provide geological support to SRP reviewers/inspectors in areas such as ground water modeling, hydrogeology in complex bedrock areas, establishment of CEAs, and assessment of ground water remediation technologies.

This bureau participates in regulation and guidance document development, training as well as provides geological support to LSRPs through the Technical Consultation process and approves NJDEP DGW permit by rule applications.

Office of Data Quality

This office conducts data validation of analytical results associated with potable water samples, vapor intrusion samples, and other samples associated with IECs or other high risk sites. They define, coordinate and implement the program's quality system activities as they pertain to the DEP's Quality Management Plan, provide QA/QC support on traditional oversight cases as well as to SRP reviewers/inspectors. This group also participates in regulation and guidance document development, and training.

Office of Dredging and Sediment Technology

This office conducts review and permitting of all coastal dredging projects and dredged material management facilities, as well as oversees the dredged material management program in the state with the emphasis of beneficial use of the material in a manner that is protective of human health and the environment. This office is also responsible for the review and approval of all land use permits submitted to the DEP that are associated with the remediation of contaminated sites and landfills.

Office of Community Relations

This office performs outreach and information sharing, including public information bulletins, public meetings, and on-site assistance with field work related to IECs for potable well and vapor intrusion cases and re-evaluation cases. They organize and participate in public and stakeholder meetings, training, workshops and conferences to encourage understanding and involvement in site remediation issues. This office also provides guidance, support and information relating to new rules and legislation, conducts required public notification activities for publicly funded site remediation projects and reviews submittals for compliance with public notification requirements for responsible party cleanups.

This office also responsible for the management of the Technical Assistance Grant Program, internal staff and external training efforts, SRP referrals, the SRP General Questions telephone line and responds to the all SRP Ask DEP inquiries. For more information, please visit nj.gov/dep/srp/community.

CONTRACTING & FINANCIAL SERVICES ELEMENT

This element is comprised of the Direct Billing & Cost Recovery Section, Fund Management Section, and the Fiscal Support & Contract Administration Section. The element provides fiscal, procurement and contract administration support to the program. For more information, please visit nj.gov/dep/srp/finance.

Direct Billing & Cost Recovery Section

This section is responsible for billing and collection of remedial oversight costs and Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSPR) Program annual remediation fees, as well as recovery of funds spent by State remediation contractors for work overseen by the Publicly Funded Cleanup program. For more information, please visit nj.gov/dep/srp/direct billing.

Fund Management Section

This section is responsible for administration of the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade & Closure Fund (UST Fund), a grant and loan program for leaking underground storage tanks, as well as the Spill Compensation & Control Fund (Spill Fund) Claims program, an environmental damage claims program.

Fiscal Support & Contract Administration Section

This section is responsible for all SRP fiscal support including budget preparation, funding establishment, general program procurement, State contractor invoice review and payment, as well as contract administration for all remediation contracts utilized by the Publicly Funded Cleanup program.

 

 

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