On January 21, 2014 Governor Christie signed legislation that extends the Site Remediation Reform Act regarding the requirement for property owners with known contamination that occurred prior to 1999 to submit a Remedial Investigation Report (“RIR”) to the NJDEP on or before May 7, 2014. The extension now requires property owners to submit a RIR to NJDEP on or before May 7, 2016, provided certain conditions are met, which includes the following:

  1. Retain a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP);
  2. Meet all mandatory remediation timeframes;
  3. Submit required compliance reports;
  4. Establish Remediation Funding Source (RFS) by March 7; if required;
  5. Establish Remediation Trust Fund for the estimated RI cost, if RFS not required;
  6. Pay outstanding NJDEP oversight costs;
  7. Pay NJDEP annual fees for remediation and remediation funding source surcharges.

If the above conditions cannot be met and a RIR is not submitted the NJDEP may assert direct oversight and control the remediation going forward.