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Remediation Standards

Remediation Standard N.J.A.C. 7:26D [Date last amended: September 18, 2017 / Posted: September 18, 2017]

Notice of Remediation Standards readoption without change [Posted: April 28, 2015]

Notice of Administrative Change to Remediation Standards [Posted: September 18, 2017]

Notice of Administrative Correction to Remediation Standards [Posted: September 18, 2017] [Publication Date: 10/16/2017]

Introduction to Soil Remediation Standards Guidance
September 2017

These rules implement the provisions of the Brownfield and Contaminated Site Remediation Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10B-12, and other statutes, by establishing minimum standards for the remediation of contaminated ground water and surface water, and by establishing the minimum residential direct contact and non-residential direct contact soil remediation standards.

These rules do not establish the minimum impact to ground water soil remediation standards; these standards shall be developed by the Department on a site-by-site basis, pursuant to the Department’s authority under N.J.S.A. 58:10B-12a.

These rules supplement the requirements of the Technical Requirements for Site Remediation rules, N.J.A.C. 7:26E.

On June 2, 2008, the Department adopted new Remediation Standards rules at N.J.A.C. 7:26D. These rules were readopted without change on April 27, 2015. The soil remediation standards contained in those rules were effective on June 2, 2008.  The ground water and surface water remediation were previously effective at N.J.A.C. 7:26E-1.13.

On September 18, 2017, the Department updated the soil remediation standards for 19 contaminants, as listed in N.J.A.C. 7:26D, Appendix 1, Tables 1A and 1B. The updated soil remediation standards reflect revisions to the toxicity information for these contaminants, as contained in the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database (see, on which the soil remediation standards are based.

Soil Remediation Standard Updates (September 18, 2017)

Basis & Background Documents

Phase In/Order of Magnitude Guidance

The Department has developed the following guidance documents that will help remediating parties comply with the new soil remediation standards and with the development of  alternative soil remediation standards:  

NOTE: Links to the documents below will be added as online versions become available.

Ingestion-Dermal Guidance

Inhalation Guidance

Impact to Ground Water Guidance

Petroleum Hydrocarbons (PHC) Guidance Documents

  • EPH Method [pdf 601 Kb] Version 3.0, Posted 9 August 2010

Miscellaneous Guidance Documents

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