N.J. DEP’s new board moves forward with private clean-up of state’s 20,000 contaminated
The first meeting of the board overseeing New Jersey's new program to privatize the clean-up of
contaminated sites began with the usual questions over how the process will work.
This difference was, this time they came from members of the new state Licensed Site Remediation
Even as it organized, the board found itself playing catch-up toward its goal: speeding the clean-ups of
some 20,000 contaminated sites that are currently the responsibility of the state Department of
Moving faster to remove pollution and return sites to productive use is a key to New Jersey's economic
growth, said DEP Commissioner Robert Martin, the board's nominal chairman. Based on a program in
Massachusetts, the initiative "is a priority for myself and for the Governor," he said. "It will not
Allowing the owners of polluted properties to hire their own licensed experts to oversee clean-ups
already has more companies volunteering information to the DEP, Martin said.
"Major companies, including major oil companies, are stepping forward," he said. "They're saying things
like 'I've got 300 sites and I'm putting them all into the program.'"
Clean-ups at many sites have dragged on for years, or decades, because of legal battles, a lack of
funding or other priorities. Martin said he expects the new initiative to make inroads into the backlog,
because with property owners hiring their own consultants, "it makes it a lot more predictable" for them.
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