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Despite New Law, NJ Slow to Clean Up Contaminated Sites

With state cut out as middle man, shortage of licensed remediation professionals is slowing work.

Credit: Emma Lee/for NewsWorks
DPW facility in Audubon. The property is one of the DEP's 15,000 designated contaminated sites.

Though legislation was meant to speed up the process of cleaning up the state's 15,000 contaminated sites, a shortage of licensed remediation professionals is actually slowing it down.

As NJ Spotlight partner NewsWorks/WHYY details in its article -- Shortage of licensed remediation professionals slowing process of cleaning up N.J. contaminated sites -- part of the problem is that there are few people who are experts on the specifics of the law.

Bethany Mitros reports on New Jersey's Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA). The legislation provides for the creation of Licensed State Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) -- contractors with specific qualifications who are entrusted to complete the appropriate cleanup work within a mandatory time frame and then file documentation with the DEP. Learn more about unintended obstacles when the legislation cut out the state as middleman.

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