When Do I Need to Hire a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) In New Jersey?
Who Are LSRPs?LSRPs are environmental professionals with specific expertise and education in the environmental field. They are licensed by the State of New Jersey and are responsible for overseeing and approving a remediation of contaminated soils and ground/surface water. They are listed on the NJDEP website.
When must I hire a LSRP?LSRPs must be hired when a party:
1) Takes over the remediation from any other person or from NJDEP;
2) Addresses a site where the Department has rescinded a no further action letter or has invalidated a response action outcome;
3) Discovers or becomes liable in any way for a discharge;
4) Determines there has been a known or suspected discharge from a regulated tank system or is required to close a regulated tank system;
5) Is liable for compliance with ISRA; or
6) When there is a need to file a new deed notice or replace a declaration of environmental restrictions.
Who Pays for the LSRP?The party that conducts the remediation must pay the LSRP an agreed upon fee that will usually be an hourly rate or a set fee for an entire project. The State does not pay the LSRP.
Are there other fees?Yes. NJDEP can charge you an annual remediation fee, individual review fees and fees for remedial action permits. The NJDEP may also require you to post a remedial funding source, similar to an escrow account, to assure that you complete the remediation of your site.
Can I get assistance to pay for these fees?Yes. The best course of action is to contact an environmental lawyer on how to access public money for the payment of fees and costs associated with your remediation.