Why Does Soil Remediation Require Permits?

We all try to do our best to preserve our planet. Unfortunately, accidents can occur. When manmade chemicals find their way into the natural soil of the Earth, the result is contamination. Regardless if this contamination stems from industrial activity, agricultural purposes, or other improperly disposed chemicals, contaminated soil can have devastating effects on the environment. In these cases, professional remediation services must be administered quickly.

Before an environmental remediation firm can break ground to remove the contamination, the proper steps must first be performed. One of those steps is acquiring the required permits. Here, Care Environmental Remediation Services details the need for permits and other official documentation for cases of soil remediation.

What Is Soil Remediation?

At its core, soil remediation is the action of mitigating and managing risk from contaminated soils by the use of proven methods and technologies. It is crucial due to the potential danger that contaminated soil can have on human health and the environment. Contaminated soil can occur in a number of different ways, such as chemical spills, improper disposal of industrial wastes, and tank or pipe leaks over a long period of time. Contaminants commonly found in soil that would require remediation include:

  • Solvents
  • Paints
  • Oils
  • Heavy metals
  • Pesticides
  • Other man-made compounds

Permits for Soil Remediation

As previously stated, soil remediation can’t be performed without first acquiring the necessary permits. According to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, a Soil Remedial Action Permit (Soil RAP) is required whenever a remedial action includes leaving soil contamination in place at concentrations in excess of the unrestricted use Soil Remediation Standards N.J.A.C. 7:26D. A permit must be issued by the Department prior to the Licensed Site Remediation Professional issuing the Response Action Outcome (RAO).

In addition, even if Alternative Remediation Standards (ARS) are not exceeded, a Soil RAP is required when an ARS for soil is developed and approved by the Department in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:26D, Appendix 6 II, III(a), and III(b)1 and 3; III(b)4 and Appendix 7 II, III(a), Page 4 of 37 Soil Remedial Action Permit Guidance Document, Version 1.0, May 2022 III(b)1iv; and III(b)3 due to specific site or Area of Concern (AOC) conditions.

Soil RAP is not needed when soil concentrations remain above the applicable remediation standard at individual sampling locations and soil has been demonstrated to have achieved compliance in accordance with the Department’s Technical Guidance for the Attainment of Remediation Standards and Site-Specific Criteria.

Soil Remediation with Our Team

Our team at Care Environmental Remediation Services possesses the knowledge and expertise to perform professional remediation services for both commercial and residential property owners. We are proud to be recognized as a Licensed Site Remediation Professional and Subsurface Evaluator. Our remediation process involves several in-depth steps, such as soil and groundwater testing, remediation, and restoration practices. The full spectrum of our remediation services includes:

  • Excavation and off-site disposal of contaminated soils
  • In situ chemical treatment of contaminated soil
  • Excavation and chemical treatment
  • Alternative methods of attaining regulatory compliance
  • Compliance averaging
  • Thiessen polygons
  • Deed notices
  • Verification soil sampling and testing
  • Site restoration
  • Subsurface evaluator (SSE) services
  • Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) services
  • Preparation of regulatory reports required by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)

Count On the Experts at Care Environmental Remediation Services

Since 2002, Care Environmental Remediation Services has worked diligently to help keep our environment safe and soil free of contaminants. Serving customers throughout Northern New Jersey, including Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren Counties, we offer a full suite of environmental services that are tailored to the unique needs of homeowners, corporate/business owners, property owners, industrial clients, as well as insurance companies. We are proud to boast that we’ve successfully completed over 2,000 projects throughout the state with no signs of stopping.

Contact us today at Care Environmental Remediation Services to learn more about our offerings or schedule a consultation.