May 4, 2010
RE: Invitation to Attend Mayor’s Roundtable on June 1, 2010
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be sending you notice shortly of a roundtable on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 from 1:00 to 5:30 at 200 Riverview Plaza, in Trenton. The purpose of the meeting is to update you on the Site Remediation Reform Act, legislation that benefits us by amending existing laws to speed up the remediation process, thereby allowing contaminated properties to be redeveloped and placed back on local tax rolls much more quickly. The New Jersey State League of Municipalities strongly supports this initiative.
New Jersey’s long industrial history and high-density population have resulted in a legacy of contaminated sites that affects every municipality. We recognize that these contaminated sites are not only potential health threats but they impede economic growth opportunities. On June 1, Deputy Commissioner Irene Kropp will explain how this new system will allow the DEP to make substantial progress in paring down the backlog of contaminated sites which is vital to stimulating economic development in our communities.
Funding to investigate, remediate and redevelop these contaminated sites is available though grant programs administered by the DEP and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. DEP staff will provide information about how your municipality can benefit by these programs. Case studies will be presented showcasing how municipalities have used these funding sources to transform Brownfield and landfill sites into retail, residential and open space.
DEP staff will also provide you with an update on the Brownfield Development Funding Opportunities, and How Brownfield Redevelopment can improve your Community. A consultation period at the end of the meeting will provide you with an opportunity to meet individually with DEP personnel to discuss the topics that most interest you.
We are partners in protecting New Jersey’s environment and the League strongly encourages you to attend this roundtable with your appropriate municipal officials. Please plan to attend and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the DEP Office of Community Relations at (609) 633-1314 for more information.
Site Remediation Legislative Reform and How It Impacts Your Municipality
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.