New Cleanup Star Program to Revise Role of Environmental Consultants
Palmyra, NJ— New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection Commissioner, Bradley M. Campbell, designated neighborhoods
in Hillside, Irvington, Newark and Palmyra as brownfield development areas
to encourage cleanup and reuse of contaminated sites in these communities.
Commissioner Campbell also announced the start of a Cleanup
Star Program to reform the role of environmental consultants by allowing
those pre-qualified by DEP to work with developers and responsible parties
to expedite site cleanups and redevelopment.
DEP’s Brownfield Development Area (BDA) program
works with selected communities impacted by multiple brownfield sites
to implement remediation and reuse plans in a coordinated fashion. Under
this designation, all brownfield sites within a development area will
be assigned to a single case manager, who will coordinate with partnering
state agencies to direct targeted technical and financial assistance to
The Cleanup Star Program is designed to achieve three
•Increase the quality of the environmental consulting
•Facilitate remediation of low-risk sites;
•Allow DEP case managers to devote more resources to high priority
cases. DEP will audit consultants’ work to ensure regulatory compliance
and protection of public health and the environment.
“Under the innovative Cleanup Star Program, DEP
will pre-qualify environmental consultants meeting all environmental standards
for cleanups and rigorous training and professional requirements,”
said Commissioner Campbell. “These ‘Cleanup Stars’ will
be permitted to expedite the investigation and cleanup of low-risk sites,
subject to appropriate safeguards.”
The Cleanup Star Program will contribute to the improvement
of the environmental consulting profession by establishing standards of
excellence for consultants performing remedial work. Also, DEP case managers
will have more time to focus on sites with greater environmental or public
health concerns by relying on consultants in the Cleanup Star Program
to use their expertise at the least contaminated sites.