Site Remediation Reform
Discharge to Ground Water (DGW) Proposals FAQs
What kind of discharges are included
in a DGW proposal?
A DGW proposal is defined at N.J.A.C 7:26E-1.8 and includes
discharges to the ground, or into ground water, designed
to occur during, or as part of the remediation of a contamination
site. Most of these discharges are part of activities required
for the purpose of restoring, enhancing, and maintaining
the ground water quality of the State. Discharging water
derived from recovery of contaminated ground water to infiltration
ponds or injection wells and release or injection of additives
to the ground in order to enhance in situ remediation of
contaminated soil or ground water are examples of these
discharges to ground water. DGWs resulting from construction
dewatering at contaminated sites or dewatering related to
regulated underground storage tanks are also included.
What is a permit-by-rule under Site Remediation?
This permit-by-rule is a regulatory provision authorizing
the person responsible for conducting the remediation to
operate or cause a discharge to ground water if they meet
the requirements of the NJPDES rules at N.J.A.C. 7:14A-7.5(b) and the applicable requirements of the Technical Rules at
7:26E-7.2. N.J.A.C. 7:14A-7.5(b)2 requires receipt of a
written approval of the discharge from the Department.
How does a permit-by-rule differ from a Remedial Action
A permit-by-rule is the regulatory mechanism that allows
a person to discharge to the ground or into ground water
during or as part of a remediation of a contaminated site.
A Remedial Action Permit that is issued pursuant to N.J.A.C.
7:26C-7, is a permit that regulates engineering or institutional
control associated with the remediation of a contaminated
site. Please refer to the Quick Reference Guides for Remedial
Action Permits for more information.
NJDEP Point of Contact for Site Remediation Reform Act
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
PO Box 413
401 E. State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 984-9305
For other SRRA/LSRP related issues please refer to the Contact
List for LSRP Questions.