Publicly Funded Cleanup
DIVISION: Publicly Funded Remediation
GENERAL PHONE NUMBER: (609) 984-3074
FAX NUMBER: (609) 984-6514
The Publicly Funded Cleanup Element uses public funds to conduct the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites in the state with soil and ground water contamination. These sites include service stations with leaking underground storage tanks, landfills, chemical plants and other companies that use hazardous substances. The Publicly Funded Cleanup Element investigates and cleans up priority sites--the worst first--when no responsible party is available. This action by the state includes responding to immediate environmental concern sites where drinking water is contaminated or indoor vapor hazards exist. Since the late 1970s, more than $2 billion in state and federal funds have been used to clean up contaminated sites when no viable company could be found to complete the work as part of the joint state/federal Superfund and state publicly funded cleanup programs. The Site Remediation program provides information to local municipal officials including health officers about ongoing remedial work in their respective municipality.
MONETARY ASSISTANCE PROVIDED:
For some projects, the Site Remediation Program works with towns through a third-party contracting mechanism to provide state funds to install public water lines and treatment systems on public water supply wells when ground water contamination affects local drinking water supplies. The funds come from Corporate Business Tax revenue constitutionally dedicated to this effort each year.
The Publicly Funded Cleanups Site Status Report and Known Contaminated Sites List in New Jersey are available on the web. These reports provide various types of information about contaminated sites throughout the state.