NJDEP Introduced Web Page on Contaminants of Emerging Concern

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has added a web page dedicated to information on contaminants of emerging concern to its website. The Department defines contaminants of emerging concern as “those chemicals that recently have been shown to occur in water resources and identified as being a potential environmental or public health risk.” More and more such contaminants are being identified as scientists have employed new analytical capabilities that are able to detect chemicals present in the environment in very low concentrations. The definition of “contaminants of emerging concern” will need to be watched closely by LSRPs and remediating parties because NJDEP’s new webpage also provides that “Contaminants of emerging concern, if discharged to the waters or onto lands of the State, are pollutants that must be remediated using a [LSRP]. When the remedial objective for a site is an entire site final remediation document and the site is currently or was formerly occupied by facilities that stored, handled, and used contaminants of emerging concern, LSRPs must consider these contaminants of concern during the investigation and remedial action. LSRPs must evaluate the site for potential spills and releases through air, water, and waste discharges.” To visit the web page, click here.