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GENERAL PERMIT 11 – Investigation, Cleanup, Removal or Remediation of Hazardous Substances    

General Permit 11 authorizes all regulated activities landward of the mean high water line that are undertaken, authorized, or otherwise expressly approved in writing by the Department or by a licensed site remediation professional pursuant to the Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites, N.J.A.C. 7:26C, for the investigation, cleanup, removal, or remediation of hazardous substances as defined by or pursuant to the Spill Compensation and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11 et seq., or pollutants, as defined by the New Jersey Water Pollution Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10A-1 et seq.
Please be advised:

  • If the proposed cleanup activity is to take place in special areas as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7-9, the General Permit 11 authorization is issued only if the Department or a licensed site remediation professional finds that there are no practicable alternatives to the investigation, cleanup, removal, and remediation of the hazardous substances or pollutants that would involve less or no disturbance or destruction of special areas as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7-9;
  • Mitigation may be required in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:7-17 for disturbance to special areas as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7-9; and
  • For coastal wetlands, mitigation shall be performed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:7-17. The mitigation plan may be incorporated as part of the document by which the Department or a licensed site remediation professional approves the clean-up or it may be submitted as part of the application for authorization under a General Permit. The General Permit will not be issued until the mitigation plan is submitted and approved by the Division according to the standards at N.J.A.C. 7:7-17.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-6.11

If your project does not meet the requirements of the General Permit 11, it may qualify for another General Permit, Permit-by-rule, or an Individual Permit.  Additional information on these permit types can be found on the Coastal Permitting page.

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