New Jersey recently instituted environmental regulations which require hiring a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) to oversee remedial investigations and site cleanups for all new cases. Existing NJ cases must hire a LSRP by May 2012. The LSRP program was launched in November 2009 and as of April 2011 there are 459 NJ LSRPs to choose from.
So how do you choose one LSRP out of the herd? First and foremost, you must do a little investigating. Ask your attorney or someone knowledgeable for recommendations. Once you select a few LSRPs to screen, the NJDEP has information that is publically available on the volume and type of cases a LSRP is working on currently or has worked on recently.
Navigate to the NJDEP’s SRRA data-miner page (https://datamine2.state.nj.us/DEP_OPRA/OpraMain/categories?category=SRRA) and these reports are available:
- SRP LSRP Confirmation by Name
If you have a few names of LSRPs, you can plug them in to the SRP LSRP Confirmation by Name report to acquire their license number.
- License Site Professional Comprehensive Report
This report yields the most information. Use the LSRP license number from the above report to activate this report. This report has two sections — a document section and a projects section. The document section shows all documents submitted by the LSRP that have undergone some level of NJDEP review. The projects section shows all projects assigned to the LSRP and all associated documents that have been submitted to date. This report gives you a snapshot of the number of projects a LSRP is involved in, whether they have issued any Remedial Action Outcomes, and the names and types of projects.
- License Site Remedial Professional List
Use this report if you don’t know who you want to use as your LSRP. This lists every LSRP in the state alphabetically by name and also contains the license number, company the LSRP works for, company location, and phone number.
NOTE: This report is not very user friendly. While you don’t need Excel skills to use the report, they come in handy. Our tip for the easiest way to get the information from the report is to copy the entire table and paste it into an Excel worksheet. This enables you to sort by company name and location.
So then what? Is the LSRP with the most projects the best one? Not necessarily. It is important to check that the LSRP has actually been submitting documents to the state and the type of projects they have been overseeing. This is the first step in finding the right LSRP for your project in the sea of more than 450 candidates. I recommend checking out their company’s website and case studies and calling the prospective LSRP to discuss their experience in relation to your project. And if you call, be sure to prepare some intelligent questions since you will have a list of all their projects right in front of you!
Project Manager, JM Sorge, Inc.