Message from the Chairman of the Board
It is a privilege to serve as the Chairman of the New Jersey Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board, now in its fifth year of operation. Since its first meeting in November 2010, the Board has overseen the licensing of more than 600 Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs). When the Site Remediation Reform Act (referred to as SRRA) was signed into law in May 2009, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was managing a case load of 20,000 contaminated sites. Now, under the new paradigm where LSRPs are managing cleanups around the state, the number of contaminated sites in New Jersey has dropped to less than 14,000. The NJDEP continues to have authority over the cleanup process by requiring that remediating parties comply with applicable regulations, but the day-to-day management of cleanups is overseen by LSRPs.
In light of the responsibility given to LSRPs under SRRA, the Board has worked tirelessly to ensure the integrity and professional standards of the LSRPs who manage these cleanups. These individuals must adhere to the highest standards to protect the environment and public health. Toward that end, the Board has created a robust licensing program and has established rigorous continuing education requirements to make sure that the license earned by the LSRP assures the public that they have met the professional standards for knowledge and skill in the areas of science, technology, regulation and ethics.
Moreover, the Board has exceeded its mandate under SRRA to audit the submissions and conduct of LSRPs, having audited more than 200 LSRPs since initiating the audit process in January 2012.
Additionally, the Board has not shied from its duty to investigate complaints and impose discipline as necessary. Great thought and care went into developing an investigatory and evaluation process that is comprehensive and objective. No complaint is investigated or decided in haste. And no single person or person dictates the outcome or direction of any investigation. Further, the Board is meticulous in making sure that Board members themselves are held to the highest ethical standards when evaluating complaints.
As we look to the future, the Board will be embracing yet another milestone -- the promulgation of the regulations of the New Jersey Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board. After much hard work and significant stakeholder input, the Board proposed these new regulations in January 2015. The regulations, which clarify and enhance the standards set forth in SRRA relating to the licensing and performance of LSRPs, will be adopted no later than January 2016.
As the LSRP program continues its progress, and more site remediation professionals obtain licenses, I will continue to be inspired and humbled by the commitment, insight and not least of all, the willingness of the Board members to work collaboratively to accomplish its core mission—the protection of public health, safety and the environment and ensuring the competency of LSRPs.
Mark J. Pedersen
New Jersey Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board