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Public Meeting - Responses to Comments & Questions
Routine Monitoring Program for Toxics in Fish: Estuarine & Marine Waters



  • The cost for analysis of samples seems high. Is this because independent labs are being contracted?
  • For further surveys, is there a way to reduce costs – for example by working in collaboration with university labs or re-establishing a state-run chemical analysis lab (i.e. doing the lab work in-house)?
  • We Understand that the Department will be contracting out the sampling/tests, is there consideration being given to re-establishing the state labs in order to cut down on the costs in the long-term?

    The cost data in the draft work plan are estimates, final costs are to be determined. The department believes these are competitive estimates due to the highly complex and technical methods required to analyze these samples. In addition, due to the use of this data in potential NRD claims, high quality assurance standards are being followed to ensure high data quality. These measures add to the cost. The Department expects to work with academic laboratories to conduct the analyses. Re-establishment of a Department lab to analyze samples collected this year is not feasible.


  • What is the source of funding for the Task II sampling?
  • If the results of this sampling will be used for the collection of Natural Resource Damages then the funding from this work should be coming from the Responsible Parties. Are you using samples to pursue NRD?
  • Will costs be recouped?
  • Shouldn’t liable, responsible parties pay?

    Costs related to NRD claims are reimbursable and the Department plans to seek reimbursement.


  • Can you describe the source of funding?
  • Would like to see the study as a line item in the State budget. Is it a secure source of funding?
  • What is the Department doing to secure a stable source of funding/additional funding?
  • In particular, I mentioned the recent proposal by NJDOT, Office of Maritime Resources for an I BOAT NJ Program that seeks to benefit the boating public by promoting, improving and enhancing the marine industry in New Jersey through grant funding financed by boat registration fee increases.

    Every year, four percent of New Jersey's corporate tax revenue is allocated to the Department. This year, the Department dedicated $500,000 of its allocation to assess waterways in New Jersey where fish are contaminated due to the bioaccumulation of mercury, PCBs and dioxin.

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