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New UST Cases - FAQs

If you have an existing case that had a new discharge after November 4, 2009, can you incorporate the new discharge into the existing case?

A new discharge may be incorporated into an existing case when a discharge occurs at the same AOC (location) as the original discharge and the same party is responsible for conducting the remediation. The person responsible for conducting the remediation may submit a request to incorporate a new discharge into an existing case. The request must describe why the new discharge should be incorporated, and include the PI number, the case numbers, and the name of the existing case manger. If the person has not been continuously conducting remediation for an existing case, the Department may deny the request to incorporate the remediation of anew discharge. The request should be sent in to Kirstin Pointin-Hahn, Bureau Chief at:

Bureau of Case Assignment and Initial Notice
401 East State Street
P.O. Box 434
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0434

The final decision on these requests will be made by Kirsten after consulting with the assigned case manager case.

If the new discharge occurs at a different AOC (location) on the site or there is a new remediating party it will be considered a new case. As a new case the remediating party must hire a LSRP and following the new case requirements.

Are tank closure reports still required to be submitted within 120 days for sites where a tank closure/discharge occurred prior to 11-4-09?

N.J.A.C. 7:14B-9.5(a) has been revised to indicate that the Site Investigation Report is due 270 days from date of tank closure/discharge.

Is a person certified in the “Closure” category of service of pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:14B-13.2(b)3 required to close a regulated underground storage tank (UST) after November 4, 2009?

A person certified in the category of service of “Closure” is required to perform all physical activities related to the removal or abandonment of a regulated underground storage tank system before AND after November 4, 2009. This includes all activities from breaking ground until the excavation is filled or until the site falls under the on-site supervision of a subsurface evaluator (prior to 11/4/09) or under the supervision of a licensed site remediation professional (LSRP) (on or after 11/4/09). A person certified in subsurface evaluation, or the LSRP or their designee (as applicable to the time of UST closure noted above) must be on-site to determine the presence and extent of contamination.

Changes were made to the Underground Storage Tanks rules, N.J.A.C. 7:14B on November 4, 2009 relative to UST closure. The Department did not intend to eliminate the “Closure” category of service. The changes made to these rules at N.J.A.C. 7:14B-1.8 and 9 allow LSRPs to oversee remediation activities associated with tank closure including: preparing workplans, collecting soil samples, determining the presence or absence of contamination, determining the extent of contamination, and preparing remediation reports, etc. During UST closure, a LSRP should be work in concert with a person certified in tank “Closure” in the same manner that subsurface evaluators have worked with individuals certified in “Closure”. Changes will be proposed to the UST Rule to further clarify this issue.


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