Op-ed: How we’ve reduced backlog of environmental remediation cases in NJ

new jersey environment, pollution, epa, superfund

JOHN OBERER / NJ SPOTLIGHT – May 7 will mark the ninth anniversary of New Jersey’s adoption of a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program aimed at reducing a giant backlog of environmental remediation cases in the state while ensuring protection of human health and the environment. At the birth of the LSRP program almost nine years ago, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) had a backlog of more than 20,000 cases with more new cases pouring in every day.

Drawing on aspects of a similar program in Massachusetts, in May 2009, the Legislature enacted, and then-Gov. Jon Corzine signed into law, the Site Remediation Reform Act. Its core mission was to empower a group of state-certified and -licensed remediation professionals …

John Oberer is a vice president with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., and a former president of the NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association.

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