Effective March 13, 2019, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has established new interim specific ground water quality standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).
New Jersey has had no groundwater quality standards for PFOA/PFOS, which the NJDEP describes as substances that are used in everyday products in homes, businesses and commercial processes. Concerns over PFOA and PFOS have increased over the past few years, and establishing these regulatory standards is a major step in the effort to address groundwater that may be contaminated with these substances.
The Site Remediation and Waste Management Program has published guidelines for implementing the new standards. Persons responsible for conducting remediation are required to evaluate whether there is the potential that PFOA and/or PFOS may have been manufactured, used, handled, stored, disposed or discharged at the site or area of concern.
- The NJDEP recommends that the information available in the ITRC PFAS technical documents be utilized as part of the evaluation.
- If the scope of the remediation is for the entire site, an entire site preliminary assessment is required to be conducted.
- If the scope of the remediation is for one or more AOCs, the licensed site remediation professional (LSRP) must use professional judgement to determine if a concern exists.
Federal and state environmental chemical discharge acts and regulations have become a part of the many liabilities that real estate owners, operators and tenants (Responsible Parties (RPs) have had to build into their management process.
Atlantic Environmental Solutions’ experienced LSRPs can help determine whether your site may be impacted by these new requirements, and provide soil and groundwater remediation at affordable costs to relieve RPs of any resulting liabilities. We can customize remediation programs based on each client’s specific site conditions, financial objectives and risk tolerance.