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PLEASE READ! DRBC Operations & COVID-19 Resources

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DRBC Operations & Related Information

DRBC Operations:

DRBC is operational with staff working remotely.

Until further notice DRBC's office building in West Trenton, N.J. is closed.

Contacting DRBC Staff:

The most effective way to reach staff is by email during routine working hours. 

Click here to view a listing of staff emails 

If you do not receive a response, or for general inquiries, please email contact@drbc.gov.

DRBC Public Hearings and Commission Meetings:

Please refer to the DRBC Upcoming Meetings webpage for the most up to date information on Public Hearings and Commission Business Meetings.

Plans are being made to transition upcoming meetings to remote format, as required. If you would like to sign up for upcoming meeting notices, please visit our Interest Form Page.

DRBC Advisory Committees:

Advisory committees and meetings are planned to continue in remote format. For a schedule of the upcoming meetings and DRBC staff liaisons, please visit the Advisory Committee web page.

DRBC Docket and Permit Renewals:

Effective March 1, 2020 and through 12/31/20, any late filed renewal application fees will be waived. Late fees will be reinstated effective 1/1/21. [See DRBC Rules of Practice and Procedure at Section 401.43 (pdf)]

DRBC Docket and Permit Conditions:

The DRBC understands that the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak, including the need to restrict unnecessary travel, adopt social distancing practices and ensure the health and safety of workers, has created limitations for our regulated community, including water and wastewater systems. DRBC will continue work to be responsive to these circumstances by providing regulatory flexibility while protecting public health, public safety and the water resources of the Delaware River Basin.

Docket and permits conditions remain effective; however:

  • DRBC will attempt to align with changes to state permit condition requirements that may impact DRBC dockets and permits.
  • Requests for specific relief from a DRBC docket or permit conditions should be sent via e-mail to: David Kovach, P.G.

DRBC Compliance Discretion:

The Commission’s rules, regulations and related permit and docket conditions remain in place to protect the water resources of the Delaware River Basin.  

The Commission will exercise its enforcement discretion and flexibility on a case by case basis as needed during this unprecedented event.

PCB Program Submittals: 

Facilities with PCB sampling and minimization requirements are encouraged to submit data and reports to DRBC electronically to PCB_PMP@drbc.gov.

Questions regarding this guidance or any request for relief should be directed to Thomas Amidon.

DRBC Charges and Fees:

DRBC recognizes that there may be financial hardships and other impacts to payment processing and timing due to the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you would like to discuss any payments due to DRBC (including arranging for electronic payments), please contact: Elba Deck, C.P.A.

COVID-19: Drinking Water & Wastewater Resources

DRBC staff are closely monitoring information about COVID-19. Below is a list of resources regarding COVID-19 and drinking water and wastewater. Please visit each website for the most up to date information.

Most importantly, according to the U.S. EPA:

“The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low. Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.”

Also, please don’t flush items that can clog sewer lines, causing backups and spills and potentially impacting water and wastewater systems.

General Resources:

Federal:

State:

Drinking Water/Wastewater Utility: