The Changing Landscape of Environmental Contaminants

The number and kind of contaminants that affect our environment are continually changing due to the evolving nature of contaminant sources, such as hormones, plastics, pharmaceuticals, fuel additives, industrial additives, and other materials. To stay abreast of new environmental threats, BEI Senior Project Manager John Hernandez recently completed a Montclair State University course on Emerging Contaminants, the term for natural or man-made substances that threaten the public health and safety but as yet have no associated health standards or guidelines. The course focused on the characterization of environmental contaminants and the latest remediation developments for addressing them, as well as current environmental regulations in New Jersey and in U.S. EPA Region 2.

NJ Contaminated-Site Cleanup Program Marks Milestone

Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) in New Jersey have issued 10,000 Response Action Outcomes (RAOs) since they were given the authority to implement on-the-ground investigations and remediation work through the 2009 Site Remediation Reform Act, which was fully implemented in 2012. An RAO certifies that site contamination has been addressed in compliance with both state law and NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) regulations and standards. “Reaching this milestone clearly demonstrates that the Licensed Site Remediation Professional Program is making real progress in addressing contamination at sites across New Jersey,” noted NJDEP Commission Bob  Martin. Click here for the NJDEP press release. To learn more about the services provided by BEI’s team of LSRPs, call 908.918.1702 or click here.

BEI Attends Commercial Real Estate Conference

At BEI, we strive to stay abreast of the latest developments in our clients’ industries. As part of that effort, Jeff Magdon, LSRP, a BEI project manager, attended the Commercial Real Estate Conference recently held by the New Jersey Bankers Association in Asbury Park. Designed for bankers, regulators, and other service providers to the real estate industry, the Conference focused on a strategic approach to the current investment and regulatory environments. Conference info at

Applications for 2017 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Now Available

New Jersey is once again encouraging the state’s environmental, academic, business, science, government, nonprofit, and youth leaders to submit nominations for its annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA). Recognizing outstanding environmental performance, projects, and programs throughout New Jersey, the award honors individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youth, and others for substantial contributions to environmental protection in the state. The award program is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT), and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, in partnership with the New Jersey League of Municipalities. Deadline for submitting 2017 applications is September 29, 2017. Click here for more information.