- 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?
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.
you describe the source of funding?
like to see the study as a line item in the State budget. Is it a
secure source of funding?
is the Department doing to secure a stable source of funding/additional
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
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
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