Remedial Priority Scoring System Update

Posted on July 5th, 2012

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has begun sending letters to Responsible Parties and site owners regarding site specific information that will be used to ultimately calculate a Remedial Priority Score (RPS) for a site.  The RPS then determines the site’s category (1 through 5).  The RPS system was explained in a previous blog article (April 16, 2012).

The letters contain the following information:

  • Relevant site information (ex. site name, address, coordinates, program interest #, etc.)
  • Human Health Class Section – Water, Soil, and Vapor Pathways
  • Ecological Health Class Section
  • Submittals Received – Reports, Electronic Data Deliverables (EDDs)

All information needs to be reviewed and corrected if necessary.  The following is an excerpt of the water section of the RPS letter which contains the groundwater contamination extent shape and length as well as possible receptors.


The NJDEP has created a feedback loop (yes, that is what they call it) as the only mechanism to request or submit information regarding a site RPS.  The feedback loop is not mandatory.  The feedback loop is a two-step process with assigned deadlines:  the RPS Information Request (until July 13th) and RPS Feedback (July 20th through August 10th).  .  All steps in the feedback loop must be conducted via NJDEP online on the specified forms. 

The NJDEP will respond to the RPS Information Request via email and may provide additional information regarding the contamination extent and EDDs used to run the model for your site.  The Responsible party can then submit any additional site information or corrections on the RPS Feedback form.  This submittal must be certified by the site’s Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP).  The Feedback Form is currently only offered as a draft version on the NJDEP’s website and the form instructions are not posted yet.

Additional information or corrections will then be evaluated by the NJDEP and the model re-run if necessary.  A RPS will be calculated for the site and the site assigned to the appropriate category.  The categories will then become publically available when posted on the NJDEP’s website in September 2012.  The NJDEP then plans to update the categories semi-annually in 2013 and quarterly in 2014.    

For additional information regarding the NJDEP feedback loop see the following link:


Amy Blake

Project Manager


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