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Site Remediation Program
Stakeholder Process

Commissioner Martin and Assistant Commissioner Pedersen believe that working with a broad range of stakeholders is essential to continuing the growth and success of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program. To this end, the Department continues to implement an extensive stakeholder process to address general program issues, rules, and guidance. SRP stakeholder efforts and committees include CVP/SRAG meetings, Technical Guidance Committees, Heating Oil Tank System rules and guidance, Remediation Standards, Steering Committee, and Remedial Priority System.

Cooperative Venture Program and Site Remediation Advisory Group (CVP/SRAG)

David Haymes (DEP chair)

Committee Goal:
The joint Cooperative Venture Program (CVP) and Site Remediation Advisory Group (SRAG) meetings are a valuable opportunity for stakeholders to meet with Department personnel to discuss specific technical and administrative issues concerning their constituencies. These meetings are an interactive forum where agenda items are determined with stakeholder input, targeted information is presented, and problems and issues are discussed and resolved. The goal of the Site Remediation Program is to make the remedial process more transparent, predictable, and efficient. These meetings help to achieve this goal and to promote the Department's Stakeholder process.

Technical Guidance

George Nicholas (DEP chair)
Kathy Kunze, Suzanne Shannon, Joe Nowak

Committee Goal:
To develop topic-specific Technical Guidances that work in concert with the Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (N.J.A.C. 7:26E) by providing recommendations, approaches and technical issues to be considered in the remediation of contaminated sites. These guidance documents are intended to be used by the LSRP and remediating party during the remediation process to provide a basic framework for making technical decisions and applying professional judgment. The Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board may also use the Technical Guidances to assist in evaluating whether professional judgment was applied appropriately during the remediation of a contaminated site.

Round 2 guidance committees and chairpersons:
(formed in September 2012)

  • Capping:  Terry Sugihara
  • Child Care Centers:  Alphonse Inserra (formed April 2013)
  • Commingled Ground Water Plumes:  Mary Anne Kuserk
  • Evaluation of Contaminated Ground Water Discharge to Surface Water:  Bill Hanrahan
  • Historic Pesticide Use:  Chris Dwyer and Lynne Mitchell
  • Off-Site Source Investigation/Documentation:  George Nicholas and Christina Page
  • Performance Monitoring of In-situ Ground Water Remedial Actions:  Joel Fradel and Maria VandeZilver
  • Planning for and Response to Catastrophic Events at Contaminated Sites:  Janine MacGregor (formed January 2014)

A complete list of the guidance team members may be found at:

Round 1 guidance committees and chairpersons:
(formed in July 2010)

A list of completed Technical Guidance Documents, developed using the stakeholder process, is available at:

A complete list of the guidance team members may be found at:

Guidance document review process:
When a draft final guidance document is considered completed by a technical guidance committee, all committee members should review the document and support releasing the document for review outside of the committee. The document will be distributed to stakeholders that are members of the other technical guidance committees for review and comment. Those stakeholders receiving the document will also be requested to assume responsibility for coordinating reviews within their respective constituencies and directing comments back to the committee chairperson. The draft guidance document will also be distributed for review and comment within the program to the Assistant Commissioner's office, Directors, Assistant Directors, Bureau Chiefs, and any interested staff. The review period for draft guidance documents will be six weeks. Following the close of the comment period, the Technical Guidance Committee responsible for the document will review all comments and revise the document, if necessary, in response to comments received. Significant technical comments will be addressed in writing by the committee and posted on the DEP's Web page as a "Response to Comments" document. After final revision, the technical guidance committee will release the document as a "Final Technical Guidance" document, it will be posted on the SRP Guidance Library and a SRRA Listserv message will be issued.

Heating Oil Tank System Rules and Guidance (for petroleum tanks not regulated by N.J.A.C. 7:14B)

(Formerly the Unregulated Heating Oil Tank (UHOT) Committee)

David Haymes (Rule Manager)

Committee Goal:
Through a stakeholder process, to develop a rule to oversee the investigation and remediation of heating oil tank systems not regulated by the Underground Storage Tank rules (N.J.A.C. 7:14B). The Heating Oil Tank System (HOTS) Rule Committee is a Stakeholder group including Department staff, a representative from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), representatives from the New Jersey Fuel Oil Merchants Association (NJFMA), insurance company representatives, LSRPs, and subsurface evaluators.

A complete list of the HOTS Rule team members may be found at:

Remediation Standards (N.J.A.C. 7:26D)

Dr. Teruo Sugihara (Rule Manager)

Committee Goal:
The goal of this committee is to gather input from potentially affected parties regarding the amendments to the Remediation Standards, to further improve this rule. The committee consists of Department staff and external stakeholders.  Invitations were sent to the Site Remediation Industry Network; the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey; the New Jersey Business and Industry Association; the Licensed Site Remediation Professional Association; the New Jersey Builders Association; the New Jersey Fuel Merchants Association; the Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists; 37 municipalities; 22 County Planners or Officials; and 18 Environmental and Environmental Justice Organizations.

LSRP Program Steering Committee

Tom Cozzi (DEP chair)

Committee Goal:
To work with the Department on the implementation of the LSRP program. The Committee is comprised of SRP managers and staff, environmental consultants, industry representatives, lawyers, and members of the environmental community. The Steering Committee meets to discuss general program issues and propose solutions to identified problems. The Steering Committee will be convened on an as-needed basis since 2015.

Remedial Priority System

Sana Qureshi (DEP chair)

Committee Goal:
To develop a Remedial Priority Scoring (RPS) system to measure each contaminated site's relative risk to human and ecological health. The system will be based on the Department's existing electronic data and will be enhanced as new data, improved logic and additional capabilities become available. SRWMP formed a Stakeholder Committee to review current methodologies, identify potential improvements, and to discuss future developments of the system. Subcommittees formed to discuss model engineering include Geographic Information Systems, Hazsite Data, Additional Data Resources, and Policy.

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