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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 Permit?

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.


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