Emerging Environmental Clean-Up Responsibility

by Geri Q. Murtha, Storch Engineers, Florham Park, NJ. USA,
William L. Deane, Storch Engineers, Florham Park, NJ. USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


This paper is a summary of the structure of regulations requiring clean-up of sites when closed or sold, specifically the State of New Jersey's Environmental Cleanup Responsibility Act (ECRA). The regulations require disclosure of operation, substances handled, stored, discharged, spilled and disposed throughout the history of the site. In addition, extensive types of sampling and analysis programs are required followed by negative declarations or clean-up plans. The implementability and impact on industry, real estate companies, and other affected institutions is explored. This paper also presents a case history which involved innovative sampling and analysis required in conjunction with the extensive clean-up planning, cost estimating and feasibility of property development. (Edited author abstract. )

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Hazardous wastes | Case studies | Waste sites | Occupational safety | Waste treatment | Industries | Real estate | New Jersey | United States

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