NJDEP has recently instated a new municipal ticketing program to enforce regulatory timeframes at remediation sites in New Jersey. The program works by issuing monetary fines to Responsible Parties who are not keeping up with their remediation timeframes. The process works like this:
• If a remediation deadline is missed, a compliance officer files a summons,
• The municipal court then issues the summons and sets a court appearance date.
• The Deputy Attorney General (DAG) then sends a letter to the defendant offering to settle the violation.
• If a settlement cannot be reached, the case then goes to trial in municipal court
The NJDEP has indicated that to date a total of 55 tickets have been issued at 37 different remediation sites. This amounts to a total of $162,900 in penalties levied. That’s an average of almost $3,000 per ticket. As always, JMS recommends those responsible for remediating contaminated sites in New Jersey maintain compliance with all NJDEP remediation regulations and timeframes in order to avoid these penalties. JMS currently has five (5) Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) on staff to ensure regulatory timeframes on all our remediation projects are being met. If you are concerned about the regulatory status of your site, please feel free to contact our office for assistance.
Project Manager, JM Sorge, Inc.