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State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
New DEP Program Accelerates Cleanup Approval Process      

Selling your home or business and afraid delays associated with removal of your underground fuel tank will impact your contract?

The Department of Environmental Protection's new Unregulated Heating Oil Tank, or UHOT program, allows fully-remediated, unregulated residential and commercial heating oil tanks to move expeditiously through the DEP review process, facilitating real estate transactions and promoting economic growth.

Under the UHOT program, the DEP relies on environmental professionals holding a Subsurface Evaluator Certification to certify that all cleanup activities associated with a leaking unregulated tank are in accordance with DEP regulations, and that any existing contamination was remediated to the most restrictive cleanup standards.

DEP case managers review a summary of the cleanup activities for all cases coming into the program and identify those that warrant a more in-depth evaluation as part of a rigorous audit program. Audits range from a detailed review of all submitted reports to on-site inspections or to the collection and analysis of environmental samples, as a safeguard to ensure that public health and environmental standards are strictly enforced. DEP will take appropriate enforcement against environmental professionals who are chronically unable to meet the DEP's performance standards, rendering them ineligible for continued participation in the UHOT program.


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