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DEP Announces New Unregulated Heating Oil Tank Program

Announcement:
The DEP has extended the application deadline for the Unregulated Heating Oil Tank Program. Applications are due two days prior to the orientation session for which you have been scheduled. Reservations are no longer being accepted for October 29, 2007 or November 1, 2007.

Additional orientation sessions have been scheduled for November 16, 2007 pm (1-4 pm) and November 30, 2007 (9-12 am) and (1-4 pm) in the DEP Public Hearing Room.

Note posted 18 Oct 2007

The Underground Storage of Hazardous Substances Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10B-21, has been amended to require contractors performing work on unregulated tanks to be certified. The DEP is creating a program to pre-qualify environmental professionals to investigate and remediate Unregulated Heating Oil Tanks. This program will be implemented in the same manner, and is expected to have the same benefits, as the Cleanup Star Program. Until a certification program is established specifically for Unregulated Heating Oil Tanks, the DEP will rely on individuals holding a valid New Jersey UST Certification in Subsurface Evaluation and employed by a firm holding the same certification.

The Program will accept sites (cases) which undergo all aspects of remediation (soil and ground water) on Unregulated Heating Oil Tanks with the exception of:

  1. Cases where the discharge results in groundwater contamination that has migrated beyond the property boundaries of the owner of the tank;
  2. Cases for which a non-permanent remedy requires an engineering or institutional control;
  3. Cases where the discharge from the tank requires the initiation of a vapor intrusion investigation;
  4. Cases with surface water and/or wetland discharges;
  5. Cases with an Immediate Environmental Concern (IEC) condition, as defined by the DEP's IEC guidance document;
  6. Cases that will be remediated to an Alternative Remediation Standard;
  7. Cases for which a variance from the Technical Requirements is requested pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:26E-1.6(d);
  8. Cases for which remediation will be conducted under NJPDES Permit by Rule authority.

Note that only environmental professionals holding a valid New Jersey UST Certification in Subsurface Evaluation and employed by a firm holding a valid New Jersey UST Certification in Subsurface Evaluation are eligible for the Unregulated Heating Oil Tank Program at this time. Individuals who are pre-qualified under the Cleanup Star Program but do not hold a New Jersey UST Certification in Subsurface Evaluation are not eligible for this Program, nor will they be eligible when the Unregulated Heating Oil Tank Certification becomes available.

DEP encourages anyone interested in participating in this program to apply for an upcoming New Jersey UST certification in subsurface evaluation exam. Information regarding UST Certification can be found at http://www.nj.gov/dep/srp/regs/ust/ or by calling Exams and Licensing at (609) 777-1013.

Completed applications for the Unregulated Heating Oil Tank Program must be received by the DEP by 4:00 PM on October 19, 2007. [NOTE: The application deadline has been extended.] Applicants must use the latest version of the application posted on the DEP web page. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications lacking any supporting documentation will be considered incomplete.

All prospective pre-qualifies environmental professionals must attend an orientation session to be eligible to participate in the Program. The dates for the orientation sessions are October 29, 2007 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and November 1, 2007 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, November 19, 2007 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm . Reservations for the orientation must be made by email to Gary.Sanderson@dep.nj.gov. Selection of dates and confirmation of reservations will be made on a first received basis.

Please refer to the Unregulated Heating Oil Tank Program Guidance Document for an explanation of the qualification criteria and the terms of the Program. This information can be found at http://www.nj.gov/dep/srp/urhot/.

Please be advised that starting on November 19, 2007, Unregulated Heating Oil Tank will no longer be eligible under the Cleanup Star Program.

Please direct all questions regarding the Unregulated Heating Oil Tank Program and the application process to Gary Sanderson, Program Coordinator, at Gary.Sanderson@dep.nj.gov or (609) 633-0544.