DEP GUIDES CLEANUP OF FLOOD RELATED DEBRIS IN
BURLINGTON, CAMDEN COUNTIES
(04/85) TRENTON -- Governor James E. McGreevey
has directed the Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) to establish emergency procedures to cleanup and dispose
of waste materials generated by recent heavy rainfall and
localized flooding in Burlington and Camden Counties.
Through Executive Order No. 121 signed by the Governor
yesterday, DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell was given
the authority to streamline the regulatory process to allow
counties to help homeowners get rid of solid waste debris
as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Through Administrative Order No. 2004-10, the DEP is issuing
an emergency guidance document that outlines the proper
ways to dispose of the increased waste to protect public
health and to maintain environmental integrity.
The guidance document addresses capacity increases at recycling
and disposal facilities, additional waste type acceptance,
and expanded operating hours at permitted solid waste and
recycling facilities; general waste handling; waste transportation;
solid waste disposal facility pricing; emergency storage;
recycling; and enforcement.
In addition, the DEP is working closely with State and
Federal emergency management officials, affected municipalities,
and solid waste and recycling facilities to make sure that
emergency information is accurate and consistent.
A Joint Information Center is up and running in Hainesport,
9 Maple Avenue, staffed with representatives from State
Police, DEP, and representatives from state and county agencies
to answer any questions affected residents and businesses
may have. The Governor's emergency flood information number
at the center is (609) 265-0172.
The emergency guidance document is available on the DEP's
Web page at: www.state.nj.us/dep/dshw.