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May 18, 2009

Re: League/Site Remediation Brownfield Outreach

Dear Mayor:

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be sending you a notice shortly of a roundtable on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 from 1:00 to 5:30 in the ITC Conference Room at 300 Riverview Plaza, Trenton.  There is no charge for the DEP Program. The purpose of the meeting is to update you on the Site Remediation Reform Act, legislation that amends 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 supported this initiative. 

New Jersey’s long industrial history and high-density population have resulted in a legacy of contaminated sites that affects every municipality.  On June 16, Assistant 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 latest landfill closure and recycling regulations.  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.

At the conclusion of the conference and the round tables, the League would also like invite you to join us at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Night at Trenton Thunder baseball game.  The Thunder (minor league affiliate of the Yankees) will be hosting the Connecticut Destroyers (affiliated with the SF Giants).  The first pitch will be at 7:05 PM.  The stadium and some dining establishments are within easy walking distance of the conference, so you need not move your vehicle.  Tickets are available through the League at a cost of $11.00 per ticket.  For more information, please contact us at (609) 695-3481 ex. 111 or visit our website at www.njslom.org.  Please note that to place the order with the Thunder in a timely manner, requests for tickets must be received by the League no later than June 1st.

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 lynette.lurig@dep.state.nj.us or call the DEP Office of Community Relations at (609) 984-3081 for more information.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director    

 

 

 

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