January 2017 Newsletter 

January 30, 2017


Happy New Year!

I don't remember a January in New Jersey quite this frigid.  Hopefully, the worst of it is over and February will be a little more seasonal.  Given the brutally cold temps this winter, there will be no complaining in August about how hot it is.

How many of you have stuck to those New Year's resolutions so far?  It's only been a month; you can do it!  The best one I've heard this year is simply to be more kind to everyone, everyday.  A fairly simple and important resolution to stick to.

Bob Jackson, Managing Director

What's on the Environmental Horizon?

Equity recently attended an open panel discussion hosted by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) on 1/10/18, where discussions revolved around "What's on the Environmental Horizon for New Jersey". Panelists included; NJ State Senator Linda Greenstein, Jeanne Fox/Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Dennis Toft/Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi, and  Amy Greene/President of Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants, Inc.  Topics included:

. What is the new relationship going to be like with EPA & NJDEP;

  • Talks are in progress to make terminate the Estuary Bay Funding Program. 
  •  NJDEP budget is ~ $2M - $3M with $1M coming from Feds, it is anticipated that the $1M of Federal Funding is going to dry up.

2. Thoughts regarding Catherine McCabe taking the helm as the NJDEP's top environmental regulator;

  • NJ Resident, she was a litigator for 22 years, was one of the highest career persons within EPA enforcement, & judge for EPA appeals court.
  •  She is considered an expert in natural resource damages and overall enforcement.

3. What is NJ going to do about Climate Change:

  • NJDEP wants to investigate resiliency opportunities not only coastal but upland as well with wetland enhancements.   

4. Site Remediation as it relates to the new administration;

  • Over 10,000 cases have been closed since the LSRP program has gone into effect.
  •  NJDEP staff have been freed up so they can investigate Immediate Environmental Concern (IEC) conditions, off-site sources, and enforcement.
  •  New administration is going to look to the LSRP Board for more enforcement. The current thought is that there is no strict discipline occurring with respect to LSRP's.
  •  Urban Space areas are going to be a big focus and priority for NJDEP enforcement with regards to cleaning sites up.

5. Natural Resource Damages - how are funds to be used.

6. Water Quality/Drinking Water infrastructure.

7. Wetlands issues.

8. Would the current administration consider tax credits/incentives to develop brownfield type sites for industries, etc.

9. Science vs. Public Fear as it relates to new administration making decisions after consulting the Science advisory board.  

It appears as though the Murphy Administration and Ms. McCabe are going to be focusing on Environmental Justice, Climate Control, and restoration of the environmental remediation budgets and/or tax allocations within New Jersey.

Faron Moser can be reached at Faron.Moser@equityenvironmental.com 

An Inside Look At New Jersey's Key Environmental Issues

In the November 2017 edition of Commerce, The Business of New Jersey, Peter Jaran, Managing Director of Equity Environmental Engineering LLC was one of a number of environmental professionals interviewed for the article named above.  In the article, Peter discusses the challenges of complying with a myriad of regulatory agencies and keeping up with the numerous regulatory changes that are continually occurring.

The following is a link to the article: http://commercemagnj.com/inside-look-new-jerseys-key-environmental-issues/ 

NJ Heating Oil Tank Regulations

On July 17, 2017, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) published a rule proposal in the New Jersey Register that included the proposed new Heating Oil Tank (HOT) System Remediation Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:26F).

These regulations are for above and underground tanks that contain heating oil (No. 2, 4, 6 oil, and kerosene) for on-site consumption for residential use (regardless of tank size), or non-residential use that has a capacity of 2,000 gallons or less.

The new rules are more prescriptive and aimed at consistency while focusing on more timely and less costly cleanups. For instance, there will not be requirements to include tentatively identified compounds (TICs) in groundwater analysis (for #2 oil only), and minimal residual contamination,

less than or equal to 15 cubic yards and can be left behind if there is no impact and may be addressed in a UHOT NFA. Other provisions aimed at keeping the cost of HOT remediation down include a HOT deed notice when contamination is inaccessible (with no remedial action permits). The new rules also contain their own Light Non Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL) requirements that differ from the tech rules allowing for quicker remediation timeframes. Additionally, there will be no requirement to submit a receptor evaluation form. Requirements are focused on timely identification of potential receptors and mitigation when needed, and are not subject to mandatory timeframes. 

The following is a link to the new regulations: http://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/proposals/20170717b.pdf

John Vrabel can be reached at John.Vrabel@equityenvironmental.com 

Attorneys General Letter

The  Attorneys General of California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia and the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) submitted a letter dated December 20, 2017, to the leadership of the United States Senate and House of Representatives regarding the fiscal year 2018 budget for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the anti-environmental riders contained in the federal government appropriation legislation.  The letter addresses concerns about the EPA being "grossly underfunded" and that the legislation "would undo decades of environmental improvements".  We provide the letter for information purposes and leave you to make up your mind as to the veracity and meaning of its contents.

The following is a link to the 10-page letter:

Bob Jackson can be reached at Bob.Jackson@equityenvironmental.com  

Jonathon Walker, Junior Environmental Engineer

Equity would like to announce the addition of Jonathon Walker to our staff. Mr. Walker graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Systems Engineering in May 2017. He has previous experience working as a field technician for the Critical Zone Observatory, an environmental data base funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) National Program. The focus was to understand how components of the Critical Zone interact, shape Earth's surface, and support life. His primary interests at the moment are Hydraulic Engineering and Contaminant Hydrology with engineering treatment processes included. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. We are very pleased to have Jon working with us.  




Equity Staff has or will be attending the following events:

F. Moser - CIANJ What's on the Environmental Horizon - 1/10/18

C. Langewisch - Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce -  1/18/18

P. Jaran - LSRPA 3D Visualiztion - 1/23-23/18

R. Jackson - CIANJ EBC Meeting - 1/31/18

P. Jaran - SAME SBC NJ Post Board Meeting - 1/31/18

F. Moser - SAME NJ Post Pathways to Coastal Resilience Event - 2/21/18

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