NJDEP Issues AO Regarding the Natural Resource Damage (NRD) Program
March 20, 2023
On March 14, 2023, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued Administrative Order 2023-08 regarding the Natural Resource Restoration Policy, also known as the Natural Resource Damage (NRD) program. “Natural resources” is a broad term that encompass land, water, ground water, vegetation, biota, wildlife, aquatic life and air. Prior to this order, the NJDEP’s NRD program has pursued damages on a select few properties with limited transparency and has been largely disconnected from the remediation process.
The order directs that the NJDEP should pursue the assessment and restoration of natural resources, using the combined efforts of the Office of Natural Resource Restoration and a new Natural Resource Restoration Advisory Council. In addition to input from the State, the NJDEP has promised that the process will also engage in developing collaborative solutions with Responsible Parties and seek input from LSRPs. With this new order, the NRD program is promised to be reawakened with updated procedures and potentially long-reaching expensive implications for responsible parties.
Verdantas is a leading provider of environmental support and LSRP services in New Jersey. We have 8 LSRPs on staff, and are fully versed in the assessment and remediation of natural resources in New Jersey. If you have questions about this new Order, or require any other environmental services, we can help. Reach out to your local Verdantas office or contact us to be connected directly with one of our experts.