Air & Waste Management Association Annual Conference

Baron personnel recently attended the Air & Waste Management Association North/Central NJ chapter’s 14th Annual Regulatory Update Conference held in Trenton on November 20, 2015. The program addressed changes in policies and regulations for all environmental media.

Ray Papperman provided information on the Office of Dispute Resolution which offers mediation and facilitation services and will entertain any request to resolve a dispute with NJDEP as long as it does not directly challenge a regulation, rule or policy and is not a dispute solely between two or more private parties.

The Office of Dispute Resolution has historically been used in land use issues, however it is now being used across all program areas within DEP. Where parties have agreed to participate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 75% of cases have been resolved in a mutually satisfactory agreement. This office seems to be underutilized by the regulated community outside of the land use area.

Mark Pedersen presented information showing that since the implementation of the LSRP system, there has been a significant reduction in the case backlog of sites in the site remediation program. Almost 20,000 cases have been closed since May 2009 and the current case count is 14,204, which is more than 5,000 cases less than in 2009. The rate of cleanup and readying sites for redevelopment has also increased by almost 50% since the advent of the LSRP system, which allows the department staff to spend more time focusing resources on Immediate Environmental Concern (IEC) cases. A ticketing system similar to that of the solid waste program has been implemented as well.

Ray Bukowski provided information on the recent changes in the organizational structure within Compliance & Enforcement. There are now four divisions within Compliance & Enforcement and there have been substantial changes in reporting structures. Click here for an upd