NJDEP Remedial Priority Scoring System – What You Need to Know.
You might be reading this post because you just received a letter from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) letting you know that you have been identified as the responsible person for conducting a remediation and that the NJDEP will be ranking your project using the Remedial Priority Scoring (RPS) System. This is not a cause for alarm and you are not alone. This system will be used to rankNew Jersey’s approximately 12,000 sites and the scores will be made public via the NJDEP’s website. Buyers, lenders and insurers can be expected to review a property’s score before proceeding with a transaction. As a result, the accuracy of a property’s score is of paramount importance.
What is New Jersey’s new Remedial Priority Scoring (RPS) System?
RPS is a computerized model that is designed to help the NJDEP categorize contaminated sites based on potential risk to public health, safety or the environment. Once the RPS Score is determined it is catalogued for relative ranking with sites with similar scores and placed into Categories 1 through 5. Category 1 represents the lowest score and thus the least potential risk through Category 5 which represents the highest score and thus the greatest potential risk. It should be noted that the information used by NJDEP will be derived solely from electronic databases maintained by NJDEP, based on reviews of already received letters, this creates the potential for erroneous assessments as these databases may not contain the most accurate and current information. Steps should be taken to make sure your site has the correct score.
What Should You Do If You Have Received a Letter from NJDEP on your Remedial Priority Ranking?
If you have received a letter from the NJDEP regarding your ranking it is important that you work quickly with your LSRP to make sure the information is accurate. You have until August 10, 2012 to utilize an online feedback loop in order to have your ranking recalculated.
If you have not already retained an LSRP for your Site or are unfamiliar with the LSRP program, a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) is now required to be retained to insure that remediation is being conducted according to NJDEP requirements. An LSRP is licensed by the State ofNew Jerseyand is required to adhere to strict guidelines to insure that remediation is completed with environmental, ecological and human receptors in mind. Once retained, in addition to insuring an adequate and efficient remediation from start to finish, an LSRP can provide detailed reviews of remediation that has already begun before moving it forward to completion. It is in this capacity that an LSRP can be tremendously useful in identifying errors in the RPS score.
Have you received a letter from NJDEP on your Remedial Priority Ranking? What’s been your experience been with the process? I would love to hear from you. If you have further questions about how to handle this process, feel free to post them in the comments section below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.