September 2023. NJDEP Contaminated Site Remediation & Redevelopment (CSRR) finalized their Administrative Guidance for Green, Sustainable, and Resilient Remediation (Green Remediation Guidance) document to promote the consideration of resilient and sustainable options to the remediation of contaminated sites. The document has been added to their growing guidance library, which currently consists of eighty-eight documents that are sorted into technical, financial, administrative, and permit groups.
The Green Remediation Guidance provides a formal definition of green and sustainable remediation (GSR), emphasizing that the GSR approach optimizes all phases of site remediation, while still achieving the primary goal of protecting human health and the environment. Use of GSR practices neither exempts nor precludes a person’s obligation to remediate, but GSR practices are also not enforceable requirements. Rather, GSR practices are encouraged as best management practices (BMPs) that align with ongoing NJDEP initiatives regarding climate change, increasing resilience, and prioritizing environmental justice, as documented in existing NJ policies, statutes and regulations such as the NJ Energy Master Plan, Environmental Justice, and NJ Protecting Against Climate Threat.
The Green Remediation Guidance presents BMPs that can be implemented at any stage of a remediation to better address environmental justice, sustainability, and environmental conditions. These BMPs include Green Remediation, Renewable Energy, Resilience Measures, Extreme Heat Resilience, Brownfield Redevelopment, Clean Diesel, and Idle Reduction.