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The Office of Record Access (ORA) receives all Open Public Record Act (OPRA) record requests, determines whether a request is complete, assigns requests to the appropriate NJDEP Programs, coordinates the processing of record requests, makes policy/legal determinations, notifies requesters of the outcome of requests, and makes arrangements for access to the responsive records (e.g. File Reviews, Copying, Emailing, uploading to File Sharing Transfer Sites, Faxing).

ORA also provides efficient access to the Site Remediation & Waste Management Program’s government records in response to Public, State, Federal or internal government record requests. In addition, ORA coordinates the processing of bankruptcy notices and the filing of claims.  ORA also provides training and support for the NJDEP concerning the Open Public Records Act; as well as, the retention and disposition of NJDEP records.

All OPRA record requests must be entered online at: https://www.nj.gov/dep/opra/ or paper copies submitted to the following address:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Attn: Office of Record Access
P.O. Box 420, Mail Code 401-06Q
401 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Phone: 609-341-3121
Facsimile: 609-292-1177
E-mail: Records.Custodian@dep.nj.gov

NOTE: Any OPRA requests that are not sent to the above address may be delayed or denied.

Please contact the Office of the Record Access at (609) 341-3121, if you have any questions on gaining access to NJDEP records.

Matthew J. Coefer is the Chief Records Custodian for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the manager overseeing the Office of Record Access.

 

 
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