The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) held its 12th Annual Regulatory Update Conference on November 22, 2013. The conference provided brief regulatory updates from a number of NJDEP departments and programs including:
- The Environmental Management Program
- The Site Remediation Program
- Air and Hazardous Materials Compliance and Enforcement
- The Division of Air Quality
- The Bureau of Air Quality Planning
- The Office of Environmental Justice
- The Bureau of Environmental Evaluation & Risk Assessment
- The Emission Statement Program
- The Office of Science
Several key points of particular note are summarized below.
Update to Remediation Standards in 2014
The Site Remediation Program advised that NJDEP intends to update its remediation standards under N.J.A.C. 7:26D, which are currently scheduled to expire on June 2, 2015. NJDEP’s goal is to readopt the regulation with amendments. NJDEP is in the process of evaluating its existing policies to determine if changes are needed, in particular, its hierarchy of toxicity data, modifications to its existing list of contaminants, the number of significant figures applicable to environmental data, and rounding protocols. NJDEP is evaluating the existing equations and models it currently applies to contaminant exposure pathways. NJDEP will also evaluate the potential inclusion of additional exposure pathways including ingestion and inhalation. The target date for the initial “kickoff” meeting with all interested stakeholders is February, 2014 and NJDEP plans to publish a rule proposal by December 2, 2014.