Anyone remember LSMFT? LSRP may share an association with a pollution issue, but not much else.
Although New Jersey may be approaching the tipping point in acronym overload, LSRPs are here to stay and a major factor in monitoring the cleanup of toxins from contaminated sites. As of May 7, 2012, the newly implemented Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) is requiring all remediations in the state of New Jersey to proceed under the supervision of a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP).
In many situations, DEP will no longer be required or authorized to review and approve investigation and cleanup plans in advance, or to issue No Further Action letters and Covenants Not To Sue at the conclusion of cleanups. Instead, the LSRPs will determine the propriety and conclusion of investigations and cleanups, and will issue the final sign-off document, to be known as a Response Action Outcome (RAO).
The goal is to increase the pace of remediation and help decrease the threat of contamination to public health and safety and of the environment, and to quickly return underutilized properties to productive use.
The new regulations have spawned a cottage industry of freelance LSRP consultants shopping themselves out to developers as well as towns affected by planned developments on contaminated sites.