[IMGCAP(1)]ISELIN, NJ-With New Jersey running out of virgin land and more companies redeveloping brownfield sites, a great deal of attention is being paid to environmental remediation. Like many laws, those governing remediation are evolving, and the changes were recently discussed by a panel at NJ Naiop’s annual regulatory update, held at the Woodbridge Hilton here.

The panel was moderated by Dr. Jorge Berkowitz, a consultant with Langan Engineering and Environmental Services Inc. Berkowitz, who worked with the NJ DEP for nearly a decade, reminded attendees of the importance of bringing the laws up to date.

[IMGCAP(2)]“What happens now with site remediation we’ll have to live with for a very long time,” he said. For a while, site remediation was handled by the private sector, with some input by DEP. But then the Kiddie Kollege scandal erupted: A children’s daycare was found to be on a site previously occupied by a factory. The land was found to be heavily contaminated with mercury. Soon after, a stakeholder group was formed to propose legislation that would change how site remediation was done in New Jersey.

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