New Jersey recently announced their plans to revise the current Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) and will be calling it the SRRA 2.0.
The current SRRA is almost ten (10) years old and is missing some key components. Credited with creating Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP) certification program and establishing the framework for the use of LSRPs on site, the SRRA has streamlined site remediation and reduced the backlog of site remediation cases while protecting the public health.
The proposed changes to the SRRA will address the following issues that have arisen since its inception:
- The piecemeal approach to site remediation;
- Only LSRPs may perform remediation;
- Clarify notification requirements for IECs (and other discharges);
- No clear statement that LSRPs and other persons are in violation if they falsify information;
- ARRCS violations need clarification;
- Inconsistent application of Independent Professional Judgment;
- Sustaining the pool of LSRPs;
- Appropriation to supplement the Boards’ budget;
- Clarify LSRPs must retain all records, and remove unnecessary electronic copy requirements; and
- Remove references to the former temporary licensing program.
Comments and proposals on the regulatory changes have been offered by stakeholders and a public hearing is expected late 2018 or early 2019. A schedule for issuing the revised rule has not been made public but is expected in 2019.