Permit Coordination & Environmental
This Office was established to improve service
to permit applicants by way of better communication, coordination
and identification of pollution prevention opportunities early
in the permitting process. Using the ONE STOP Process, the
intent is to work closely with the regulated communities to
assure that the permits necessary for each project result
in additional environmental value.
ONE STOP is a total facility approach; a coordinated permitting
and compliance assistance process. A permittee can now turn
to one source to identify all permits required for a development
or significant facility start-up or expansion project and
maintain consistent contact throughout the process. This process
will allow the Department to provide better customer service
to the public and regulated entities.
The Office provides assistance to those new major construction,
development and remediation projects, which are complex in
the number, variety and timing of permits required to initiate
and complete their projects. A project team, comprised of
permitting and compliance and enforcement staff, will review
permits, identify any additional pollution prevention measures
that may reduce costs and improve the efficiency of the facility,
and provide compliance assistance to new and existing facilities.
Once the permits are issued, an environmental overview document
is prepared which summarizes requirements for compliance monitoring,
record keeping and reporting according to a designated compliance
schedule. An environmental overview site visit is then conducted
by the project team, who review the document with the facility,
to provide multi-media compliance assistance. Regular inspections
follow the initial environmental overview site visit.
Additionally, the program coordinates the Departmental reviews
of Environmental Assessment(EA) and Environmental Impact Statements
(EIS) that have been prepared pursuant to regulatory requirements
of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and New Jersey
Executive Order No. 215 of 1989 (EO#215).