Archive for January, 2008

Are ads denouncing the reality of global warming effective?


by Michael Allen Carvell

These add`s advertising that global warming is not happening is a waste of public time no will believe with all the warmer climates that global warming is real and has lasting affect on the future of our country and world.

No people are stupid enough to believe national advertised lies that global warming is not real its real and eating away at the worlds ozone emitted by hundreds of millions of cars and even worse these big heavy construction equipment.

As much as people in governments think that our people are nerve with the truth our people realize and understand more about climate warming then governments believe. No one doubts the first hand information that Mr Al Gore provided in his documentary was right on the head with real time tables and long term affects of these green house gases.

The long term affects of green house gas will continue to get worse making our countries climate warmer and warmer each and every year here and abroad. Countries and governments had better realize that this problem is not going away its just going to get worse so we better start dealing with this world wide problem now.

Governments and auto companies need to fine alternative forms of cleaner fuels that will run our cars on. Problem is these billion dollar auto companies do not want to reinvest some of the hundreds of billions of dollars from their sales to make cleaner fuels or a different engine that runs on and alternative fuels.

These auto companies donate hundreds of millions in election donations so the Chance of these greedy auto makers changing the gas combustible engine to alternatives forms of cleaner burring fuels are not likely in our countries future.

World wide Global warming is going to get worse and worse so these companies and government can lie all they want this problems is going to make countries warmer and warmer until nations and these billion dollar companies except the truth and facts about global warming world wide.

These ads are not only falsifying information these adds are Blanton lies that try to keep people world wide in thew dark about the real damage that is happening with this world wide global warming that makes each summers hotter and winters warmer every year around our world.

Why would governments and these auto giants put these adds out if global warming was not real and affecting climate change every year around our world? People world wide can walk out side year round and feel the to hot real affects of world wide global warming that is making our climates warmer and warmer every year.

The multi billion dollar companies want to keep selling their out of date engines that pollute our climates yearly. This is exactly the type of cooperate greed that is ruining our climate and our country with nothing but total greed.

Maybe when people get tired of sweating extra hard every summer and stop buying these old out of date engines these greedy companies will spend some money to reinvest in a new cleaner burning engine that really does run on cleaner types of fuel.

Greed has become the norm by many of our companies to make without reinvesting in their future as well as the future and protection of our Ozone layers slowing the damage of green house gases.

As always I write with respect.


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Why state must fight global warming now

The General Assembly has an opportunity to take real action on global warming. The Global Warming Solutions Act would cut our greenhouse gas pollution 25 percent by 2020 and 90 percent by 2050, as recommended by the governor’s Commission on Climate Change.

Why now? Because we can’t continue to wait and debate. The damage to Maryland’s economy and to our environment – particularly the Chesapeake Bay – if we do nothing is far too great a cost to bear.

With 3,100 miles of shoreline, Maryland is the fourth-most-vulnerable state to the effects of global warming. Rising sea levels, stronger and more frequent storms, and severe weather patterns that threaten our agricultural sustainability, tourism and urban centers could spell disaster for Maryland’s economy.

Conversely, the Global Warming Solutions Act would mean significant investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and green buildings, creating “green-collar” jobs for Marylanders and saving taxpayers money in the long run, while reversing an environmentally destructive trend.

Recently enacted legislation, including the Healthy Air Act, the “clean car” law and other bills, will achieve more than one-quarter of the reductions required by this bill. The rest would come from a major new statewide energy-efficiency program, increased use of renewable energy and clean fuels, Smart Growth measures, green building codes and the construction of small, efficient power plants to gradually replace massive, old-fashioned plants. Other reductions would come from carbon sequestration projects, such as planting forest buffers along tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay, innovative agricultural practices and saltwater marsh restoration.

The White House has failed to join international accords to address climate change. Why should we expect nations such as China and India to join these efforts if the historically worst polluter does not? We no longer can wait for the federal government to act. Even if voters elect a pro-environment president in November, there is still a long battle ahead in Congress. If Maryland joins other states – California, New Jersey and Hawaii – that have adopted legislation to fight global warming, it can only hasten Congress, and the White House, to approve national policy.

Some of the most progressive policies in our nation – including civil rights, labor and environmental laws – were first enacted at the state level, years or even decades before the federal government followed suit. Joining with other states, Maryland acted to improve energy efficiency on appliances and regulate car emissions before the federal government did something.

People in Maryland are concerned about far-off problems such as ice caps melting, polar bears dying and disasters like Hurricane Katrina striking. But they are also increasingly troubled at the signs of global warming they see every day, such as shorelines being rapidly lost and wildlife being affected by changing habitat and migration. Memories of Tropical Storm Isabel – the Inner Harbor flooded, the days without power, the unsafe drinking water – remain fresh.

Maryland has an enormous responsibility – some would say a moral responsibility – to take action on global warming and make the state a national leader on one of the most critical issues of our time. The effects of global warming on our fragile state won’t wait, and neither should we.

Copyright © 2008, The Baltimore Sun

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Removal of oil tanks could cost Vernon schools more than $1 million

VERNON – Old oil tanks in six school buildings have the Board of Education shelving its budget proposal for now as the cost to replace the tanks could be upward of $1 million.
Tests are being conducted next week on the six tanks, located at Skinner Road, Center Road, Maple Street, Northeast and Vernon Center Middle schools, as well as the Administration Building on Park Street to see if they remain viable.

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The results of those tests will determine how much the board needs to allocate in capital improvements for next year’s budget.

According to Richard Parrott, director of plant operations, the total cost to replace all six tanks is estimated at $1.5 million, with roughly 70 percent eligible for state reimbursement.

Parrott told board members Monday that state Department of Environmental Protection regulations require all six tanks be replaced, as they are 20 years old. The state could levy fines if leaking or rotted tanks are not replaced, Parrott said.

The tests should show if there are any structural problems with the tanks, school officials say.

Board members decided to postpone budget deliberations until Feb. 11 after the tests were completed.

“I’m concerned over how much of this is actually reimbursable,” board member Dean Poole said, adding, “If these tanks pass the test, it could be zero cost to us this year, but I’m not real confident about that. I’d like to wait to send the budget to Town Hall until the tests are completed.”

Board member George Apel pointed out that the potential project was large enough to warrant a bidding process, and that the cost estimate is not a firm figure.

School Superintendent Richard Paskiewicz told the board there was a possibility the cost could be phased in over three years.

Also, staff is gathering cost estimates for tapping into the existing gas lines in lieu of replacing the oil tank in the administration building, Paskiewicz said.

“I’d like to know if we need to put anything in the budget at all before we go further” with deliberations, school board Chairwoman Catherine Rebai said.

The 2007-08 education budget, which was trimmed extensively during the four referendum votes, totaled $44.15 million.

Preliminary numbers for the 2008-09 education budget proposal total $46.34 million, a 4.9 percent increase over this year.

Those figures do not include capital projects spending or potential costs to replace the oil tanks.

Apel and board member David Kemp also raised budgetary alarms Monday over enrollment, which now stands at 3,651 students.

“I’m concerned over a 9 percent drop in enrollment from June 1, 2006, to January 2008 – that’s substantial,” Apel said, adding, “It’s hard to explain to people why the school budget keeps going up when enrollment figures keep going down.”

Paskiewicz reminded board members that they eliminated all-day kindergarten in some elementary schools this year, which affected enrollment figures.

And the budget also reflects a loss of two retiring teachers whose positions won’t be filled because of the drop in enrollment, Paskiewicz added.

Birth rates have indicated that enrollment should increase slightly next year, he said.

The board has until the end of February to submit its proposed budget to the mayor.

©Journal Inquirer 2008

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Council approves funds to remove oil tank

SIOUX CITY — The City Council Monday approved a change order to cover the costs of removing an old oil tank buried near the Pierce warehouse and the subsequent cleanup.

The council voted 4-1 to approve a change order with W.A. Klinger LLC of Sioux City, who is building an underground garage next to the warehouse at 301 Jennings St. Klinger will remove contaminated soil from the ruptured oil tank, along with some other soil that was found to be too wet to hold the concrete.

In their first official council meeting, both new Mayor Mike Hobart and Councilman Aaron Rochester agreed with Councilmen Dave Ferris and Brent Hoffman to approve the $142,624 additional expense. Councilman Jim Rixner cast the no vote. On Oct. 22, the council awarded Klinger the contract to build the parking ramp for $2.4 million.

“There was a heating oil tank on the site,” Rich Mach, the city’s project manager, reported. “There was a former gas station there, but it (the tank) was not part of that station. It’s really old. … He (contractor) hit the tank, causing it to roll over on its side,” causing it to rupture.

Patty Heagel, community development director, said Klinger crews found the tank in late December. Two earlier soil tests did not show there was a tank in the ground.

Rixner asked why the city should pay the cost to remove the soil.

“It’s our ramp on our property,” Heagel answered, prompting Rixner to ask, “We own that underground ramp?”

Heagel replied, “That’s correct. … We acquired the property years ago.”

She reported that the city’s share of the development costs for the entire project will be repaid through money from the developer and tax increment financing payments.

“The reality is all of this will be paid,” she said.

The developer, Bart Connelly of Sioux City, will pay some of the other soil removal costs.

Rixner stated, “Due diligence may have allowed us to find this (the tank). I think this is fully the responsibility of Mr. Connelly.”

Hoffman said, “A true soil testing is always done, but it’s imperfect. They reviewed the plans of what had been there. This type of thing does happen. As much as I might not like it, this is where we are.”

Hobart asked, “Was there any negligence in removing the tank?”

Mach said there was not because the contractor didn’t know the tank was there until he hit it.

Heagel added, “It’s not unusual to run into things (buried) downtown. All due diligence was done in advance. The soil tests were clean.”

Last year, Connelly began transforming the six floors in the building into a mix of office and residential condos. United Commercial, the commercial division of United Real Estate Solutions, is marketing the remaining office and residential space in what is now called the United Center. The upper two floors will house large residential lofts. Connelly bought the former Pierce Moving & Storage building for $1 from the city.

The underground garage will be reserved for tenants. A surface parking lot will be built on top, which will be available to the public.

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Old fuel tank said to be source of spilled oil

Complete cleanup of Waller Creek could take a week

 The flooding of an underground fuel-oil tank, a long-forgotten relic from the days when Austinites used oil for their lights, set off a downtown gusher of thousands of gallons of oil and water that shut down businesses Friday and jeopardized wildlife and water quality in Waller Creek.

The fuel oil bubbled to the surface after a water line broke, flooding the ground beneath the Driskill Hotel and the Littlefield Office Building at Sixth Street between Congress Avenue and Brazos Street. The fuel oil, probably as much as a century old, was most likely encased in steel and concrete, said Stan Tindel, an environmental compliance specialist with the city. Oil is lighter than water, as water infiltrated the tank it would displace the oil, sending it above ground.

Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief Palmer Buck said a passerby who saw the oil coming up in an alley next to the Driskill Hotel called fire officials around 8:40 p.m. Thursday. Even as crews worked to clean up the mess, more than a thousand gallons, by Tindel’s estimation, found its way to a storm drain that empties into Waller Creek.

By 9 p.m. Thursday, booms were laid across Waller Creek to prevent oil from making its way to Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River, and four trucks began pumping oil out. No oil got into the lake, Tindel said, but on Friday, the creek water remained black, and the area smelled of oil.

Removing the oil from the waterway could take at least until Monday, and the physical removal of oil from limestone rocks and creek banks could take at least a week, Tindel said. “Our ultimate goal is to return the impacted area to pre-spill conditions,” he said.

He said the city is conducting biological assessments of the creek. “We have not seen any dead or distressed aquatic life,” he said. Underground tanks were once a standard method of storing oil for lighting or heating in the Austin area, Tindel said, and they remain common in the Northeast. “We strictly regulate new storage tanks like ones in gas stations,” he said. “It’s very rare you run across an old one that still has fuel in it. But ones that are 100 years or more, we just don’t know about some of them. This one is a case in point.”

In the latter part of the 19th century, Austin institutions such as hotels relied on a fuel-oil tank, usually 500 to 1,000 gallons in size, often filled with kerosene, to feed their lamps and furnaces, said Allen Hatheway, a retired professor of geological engineering who lives in Missouri and has written about early urban heating and power systems.

The oil would have been delivered by horse and buggy and hosed into storage tanks, which were kept underground at the behest of insurance companies. “If a fire got going and you had an above-ground storage tank, you had real trouble,” he said. By Friday morning, crews had cleaned up 20,000 gallons of the oil-water mixture coming from the alley, said Kevin Buchman, a spokesman for the Austin Water Utility.

A faint odor of oil still hung over the neighborhood Friday. With workers busily trying to handle the oil spill and water service to parts of the area shut off, the Littlefield building closed at noon Friday. A stream of office workers left the building, starting the weekend a little early.

“People had been going in and out of the building all morning looking for a place to use the bathroom,” said Monica Landers, a media producer who works in the building. Some restaurants were forced to close too, including Louie’s 106 on Sixth Street and the Hideout Coffee House on Congress Avenue. The Driskill had an interruption of water for a couple of hours, beginning at 3 a.m. Friday, said hotel spokeswoman Cynthia Maddox. The city’s water utility provided an alternative connection to the main water supply for the hotel, Buchman said. Buchman said the city does not know what led to the initial water line break.

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New Jersey Environment

New Jersey has a unique environment. This tiny state packs in adventures from the shore to the mountains. New Jersey, known as the Garden State, has a rich history of vegetation and wildlife. The New Jersey Pine Barrens is home to one of the most unique ecosystems in the country. The Pine Barrens are a remnant of the last ice age. The area is characterized by sandy; acidic soil, high mineral content, especially iron; and scruffy pine and oak trees. The pine trees are heat resistant, as the area is very prone to forest fires. When a fire does occur, so does the process of re-birth. It is the heat from the fire that causes the cones to release their seeds. The seeds have a heavy seed coat to protect them from the heat. When the fire is out, the seeds are sitting in the soil that is now rich in organic matter. The trees do not tend to grow very high and the undergrowth can become very dense, thus setting off fires. In many parts of the Pine Barrens controlled burns are conducted by the Forest Service and local fire departments. This is done to keep the undergrowth less dense and reduce the chance of a serious fire breaking out and destroying the area.
The Pine Barrens also contain many bogs. The growing of cranberries and blueberries is a major industry of the area, as was iron smelting earlier in the century. The area sports some rare plants such as venus fly traps, pitcher plants, and has the highest diversity of orchids in the continental United States. The Pine Barrens is also the home of the New Jersey Devil.
From Sandy Hook to Ocean City New Jersey has 130
miles of coastline and 1,792 miles of shoreline.  One reason for the huge discrepancy between the two measurements is the barrier islands.
These islands, which form intercoastals between Maine and Florida, are small islands, most only a few miles long and wide, that lie between the ocean and the mainland.  This allows the formation of bays, containing brackish water, that attract many life forms, both aquatic and human.  Tidal forces continually shift the sand that forms these islands.  There is a continual battle of land being lost on the northern ends and gained on the southern ends as the tides shift the sand.  The beaches of many of these islands attract thousands of tourists each year.  My family often vacations on Long Beach Island at the very southern tip.
Though these islands are small, they do have several different types of biomes as you transverse them end to end.  As you move up from the beach, dunes form with dune grasses.  As the salinity of the soil decreases, moving away from the ocean, the variety of plant species increases.  Toward the center of the island you will find more swampy areas and even small trees.  Then, as you get closer toward the bay the variety of plant species again decreases but are different from the ocean side.
These islands and waterways are the beginnings of the Coastal Plain, one of three major geographical divisions of New Jersey.  Much of this area is Tidal Marsh.  The western part of the plain, in Burlington County, is home to one of the richest fruit-growing districts in the eastern United States.  Crops such as melon, potatoes, and corn are grown.  The Pine Barrens covers much of the southern and central part of the Coastal Plain.  Along with the famous pine forrest are areas that are very swampy, forming bogs.  The swamp land has large amounts of sphagnum moss which is of great commercial value.  Also, cranberry bogs are farmed, bringing commercial value to them as well.
The highest point in New Jersey at 1,803 feet above sea level resides in Highpoint State Park.  This pristine spot resides in the upper northwest corner of the state, in the Appalachian Highlands region.  The name is derived  from the small portion of the Appalachian mountain chain that passes through that location.
The ridge is mostly composed of gneiss, limestone, granite, slate, and sandstone.  These rocks are what is left after softer rocks have been worn away over the millennia.  At one point in time scientists believe the Appalachians were higher than the Rocky’s, but were crushed by the weight of the glaciers.  Today they rise a few millimeters each year.
The mountains are lined with dense forests and northern bogs, and many streams.  Much of this land has been set aside as a state park, Stokes State Forrest.   Highpoint lies within the park. Great Swamp
With the retreat of the glaciers and their melting, a great deal of water was released into the environment.  Many of the lakes in Sussex County were formed through glacial melts.
In Morris and Somerset Counties a huge depression left from the glacier filled with water creating a lake.   In he ensuring years the lake has slowly evaporated, becoming swampland.  Today, this area is known as the Great Swamp.   The water continues to evaporate and succession is changing the flora from that of a swamp to plants more typical of a northern deciduous forrest.
When a proposal was put through to build an airport within the Great Swamp residents and other concerned citizens banded together to form Great Swamp Watershed Association.   Today the area is a preserve and recreational area.  There are trails through the swamp, raised platforms to protect the flora and fauna, and blinds.

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Frequently Asked Questions About The Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks

1. What is an Underground Storage Tank (UST) System?

The definition of an UST, as set forth in N.J.A.C. 7:14B-1.6: is any one or combination of tanks, as set forth in N.J.A.C. 7:14B-1.4, including appurtenant pipes, lines, fixtures, and other related equipment, used to contain an accumulation of hazardous substances, the volume of which, including the volume of the appurtenant pipes, lines, fixtures and other related equipment, is 10 percent or more beneath the surface of the ground.

A ‘Tank’ is a stationary device designed to contain an accumulation of hazardous substance which is constructed of non-earthen materials (for example, concrete, steel, plastic) that provide structural support.

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2.What is a hazardous substance?

The definition of a hazardous substance, as set forth in N.J.A.C. 7:14B-1.6 is:

  1. Motor fuel;
  2. Petroleum products which are liquid at standard conditions of temperature and pressure (60 degrees Fahrenheit and 14.7 pounds per square inch absolute);
  3. The hazardous wastes designated pursuant to:
    1. Section 3001 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, Pub. L. 94-580 (42 U.S.C. 6921); and
    2. N.J.A.C. 7:26-8;
  4. The hazardous substances designated pursuant to:
    1. Section 311 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, Pub. L. 92-500 (33 U.S.C. 1321);
    2. Section 101 (14) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, Pub. L. 96-150 (42 U.S.C. 9601); and
    3. The Spill Compensation and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11 et seq.; and
  5. The toxic pollutants designated pursuant to Section 307 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, Pub. L. 92-500 (33 U.S.C. 1317).

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3. Is there money available to help me meet the 1998 upgrade deadline?

Yes, The Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade And Closure Fund was established to provide assistance for UST owners and operators.

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4. Is there money available for remediation?

Yes, The Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade And Closure Fund was established to provide assistance for UST owners and operators.

ECA also administers the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF), which provides financial assistance and grants for investigations and/or remediation of certain contaminated properties.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has a program which provides Technical Assistance Grants to affected groups at Superfund sites. The purpose of these grants is to assist citizens’ groups in understanding technical information that assesses potential hazards and the selection and design of appropriate response actions at these sites.

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5. Is my oil/water separator regulated?

Oil water separators are not regulated as an underground storage tank. When a separate tank is used with the oil water separator to collect waste oil, the UST is regulated as a waste oil UST.

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6. Is my heating oil UST regulated?

Heating oil USTs with an aggregate capacity of 2,000 gallons or less are exempt from the UST regulations.

Heating oil USTs of any size, used exclusively to heat residential buildings, are exempt from the UST regulations.

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7. Who do I call if my UST is leaking?

If a release occurs from an underground storage tank, you are required to notify the DEP 24-hour hotline at 609/292-7172.

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8. What is “Risk Based Corrective Action?”

Risk Based Corrective Action (RBCA) in New Jersey is a streamlined approach in which exposure and risk assessment practices are integrated with traditional components of the corrective action process to ensure that appropriate and cost-effective remedies are selected, and that limited resources are properly allocated. To accomplish a RBCA cleanup in New Jersey, based upon New Jersey State laws, the end product could include a Ground Water Classification Exception Area (CEA), a Declaration of Environmental Restriction (DER) and/or an alternate Direct Contact soil cleanup standard.

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9. Does New Jersey allow the use of Risk Based Corrective Action?

Yes, New Jersey uses Risk Based Corrective Action in all underground storage tank cases.

There are two possible paths or Tiers which are:

NJ RBCA Tier I: Compare initial Site Investigation or Remedial Investigation work to New Jersey’s Soil Cleanup Criteria (latest version 7/11/96) and the Ground Water Quality Standards. Remediate to these levels or move to Tier II.

NJ RBCA Tier II: Define the extent of soil and ground water contamination to unrestricted use levels. Conduct appropriate contaminant fate and transport modeling to determine what levels of contamination can be left behind to prevent direct contact under engineering and institutional controls, to prevent further degradation of ground water, and to allow ground water to naturally attenuate under a Classification Exception Area. Conduct a risk assessment consistent with the EPA’s methodology for an alternate direct contact soil cleanup standard.

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10. Do I have to remove my UST?

No, if your tank system is not temporarily closed as described below, and is in compliance with all applicable regulations, you do not have to remove your underground storage tank. All regulated USTs must be upgraded or closed by December 22, 1998. It is, however, good practice to remove USTs not currently in use and may reduce ones environmental liabilities.

An UST may be “temporarily closed” for up to 12 months by removing all product and maintaining all existing cathodic protection systems. In addition, an UST which has been empty for more than 12 months must be closed unless a site investigation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:26E is conducted and submitted to the department for review and approval.

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11. Do I have to be certified to do UST work?

Yes, all persons who provide services on underground storage tank systems (USTs) which are regulated pursuant to P.L. 1986 c.102 must be certified by the Department of Environmental Protection in a particular classification or classifications or perform the services while under the immediate on-site supervision of a person certified in that classification. All certified individuals may only perform these activities while working for a firm certified in the same classification(s). The classifications of certification are Installation (Entire System or Release Detection Monitoring Systems), Closure, Tank Testing, Corrosion Protection System Analyst (Cathodic Protection Tester or Cathodic Protection Specialist) and Subsurface Evaluation.

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12. Can I get a list of all the registered underground storage tanks in New Jersey?

Yes, a copy of the department’s UST Registration and Billing database is available to the public as a downloadable file. The file is comma delimited, compressed, using PKZIP, into a 3,021,293 byte file that includes a data dictionary explaining the fields and a readme file. The department anticipates updating this file quarterly.

This information is also available to the public on two 3.5-inch, 1.44 Mb diskettes. The discs can be obtained from the Maps and Publications Sales Office, P.O. Box 438, Trenton, NJ 08625-0438 at 609/777-1038. They sell for $25 and will be updated quarterly.

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13. Can I get a list of all the leaking underground storage tanks in New Jersey?

Yes, a list of the regulated UST contamination cases is now available exclusively on the Internet. This list contains selected information from the regulated UST contamination database for the regulated community to determine the status of their leaking UST case. This list is sorted alphabetically by county and municipality.

In addition, the department’s Known Contaminated Sites in New Jersey includes all leaking underground storage tank cases and is available from the Office of Maps and Publications at 609/777-1038 or 777-1039. The cost for the publication is $15.

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14. How do I find out who is assigned to my leaking underground storage tank case?

The status of a regulated leaking underground storage tank case can be found in the regulated UST contamination cases list which is now available exclusively on the Internet. This link includes the UST case number, registration number, address, program currently overseeing the case, the case status, and the BUST case manager.

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15. What can I do if I disagree with my case manager?

If you disagree with your case manager on specific requirements of your case, first contact your case manager to discuss the requirements. If an agreement is not reached, contact the case manager’s supervisor to discuss the requirements. If an agreement can not be reached at this level, ask the supervisor to discuss the case specific situation with the Section Chief. If an agreement still is not reached the issue should be raised to the bureau chiefs attention. These steps can be eliminated if time is of the essence. If the situation can not be resolved, a Dispute Resolution may be filed with the department at any step in the process.

Dispute Resolution is a formal process for resolving disputes of technical requiements. To aid in this process, the department developed a Dispute resolution Guidance document which was implemented on August 17, 1993. Specific timeframes were established for a decision to be rendered at each level of management.

If you have questions regarding the Dispute Resolution process or would like a copy of the guidance document, please contact your assigned case manager or 609/292-8761.

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16. How can I find out the status of a leaking underground storage tank case?

The status of a regulated leaking underground storage tank case can be found in the regulated UST contamination cases list which is now available exclusively on the Internet. This link includes the UST case number, registration number, address, program currently overseeing the case, the case status, and the BUST case manager. If additional information is needed, the case manager may be contacted directly for a brief update of the case status. Consultants conducting file searches and due dilligence inquiries for a client should follow the NJ Open Public Records Act (OPRA) proceedures. The request should include a list of all cases you wish to review.

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17. What is the BUST Cooperative Venture Program?

The BUST Cooperative Venture Program is an alternative case processing plan intended to increase cooperation between UST owners and operators and the department in pursuing site cleanup compliance with federal and state regulations. These changes should facilitate the department’s efforts to maximize the “teamwork approach” with the regulated community, while continuing our mission to protect public health and the environment.

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18. As an individual, can I participate in the Cooperative Venture Program?

Yes, an individual resposible party, as well as responsible parties with multiple cases, may participate in the Cooperative Venture Program. Please contact your assigned case manager to discuss the development of an agreed upon schedule.

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19. How do I know if an individual or firm is certified to do work at my UST site?

The DEP’s Bureau of Revenue maintains the list of certified firms and individuals. You may also ask the contractor to see a copy of the firm’s UST Certification Card and Placard. Each individual and firm is issued a certification card and placard. In addition, a list of certified firms is available through the UST Home Page. The Bureau of Revenue can be reached at 609/777-1013.

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20. How do I inquire about or obtain a list of laboratories certified by the State of New Jersey?

The Office of Quality Assurance handles the certification of laboratories. Their number is 609/292-3950.

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21. How can I find out when the next regulatory refresher class (commonly referred to as the UST certification course) is, and when do I need to take it?

The course is mandated only for renewal of certification and initial certification for those exempt from examination. Those exempt from the exam must take the course within one (1) year of certification. Those renewing their certification must take the course within one (1) year before renewal. The UST certification course is a regulatory refresher ONLY. It is not intended to be a primer for the exam, nor is it the sole requirement for certification or renewal. All candidates for renewal must not only take the course but also be current with their OSHA training and submit an application for renewal.

To find out when the next regulatory refresher class is you may call: a)Rutgers Continuing Education (908) 932-9271; b) New Jersey Institute of Technology (800) 624-9850; or c) New Jersey prossional Engineers Society (609) 393-0099.

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