Ecological Sustainability in Remediation

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 10:15 AM

CCNJ is pleased to present this webinar featuring leaders in site remediation. Presenters from GES will discuss ecological sustainability, the impacts of eco-assessments and the “renewed focus” by NJDEP on eco-risk and potential impacts on your remediation/land-use projects.

The Ecological Sustainability in Remediation Virtual Event Webinar will feature two presentations:

10:20AM: The Remedial Investigation of Ecological Receptors Recent Challenges Related to the Ecological Component Review Process

Presented by Gregory Flanagan, Senior Environmental Scientist

The New Jersey Technical Requirements for Site Remediation require the completion of an ecological evaluation at each contaminated site during the site investigation process pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:26E-1.16. If the results of the ecological evaluation indicate the potential for site contaminants to impact environmentally sensitive natural resources, then a remedial investigation of the ecological receptor is required pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:26E-4.8. We will discuss the Bureau of Environmental Evaluation and Risk Assessment component review process; recent renewed focus on potential ecological receptors; common items requested of responsible parties following the review; and the potential issues caused by the delayed component review in terms of missed NJDEP mandatory timeframes. 

Following the LSRP submittal to the NJDEP, the ecological evaluation and/or the risk assessment are subject to a component review by the Bureau of Environmental Evaluation and Risk Assessment to determine if the investigation is complete. Additional staffing at the bureau has recently hastened the pace of ecological component reviews. Responsible parties are now receiving comments on documents submitted several years ago. If the reviewer does not agree with the conclusions of the EE and/or ERA, and the responsible party does not address the concerns, the reviewer will advise the Bureau of Inspection and Review that the remedial investigation is incomplete, potentially resulting in the site being placed in direct NJDEP oversight.

10:50AM: Profiting from Sustainable Land Management Practices on Corporate Land

Presented by Richard Pais, CWB, CFB, Principal Environmental Scientist

Environmental, financial, and social sustainability objectives, also known as the “triple bottom line” are an important part of operations, production, and new product development for local, regional, and international chemical companies. Almost all major chemical and energy production companies have publicly stated goals for sustainability. Adherence to these goals is important in maintaining investor confidence, public relations, and regulatory compliance. However, management of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and the reduction of carbon pollution can be difficult and costly to obtain. GES will show how ecological land management on the corporate campus, factory property, or excess land holding can result in immediate economic benefits through cost savings. These practices may also result in significant and measurable CO2 reduction and carbon sequestration without sacrificing the long-term use of the property. A case study and examples of ecological land management on corporate land will be provided.


Registration is free for staff at CCNJ member companies. There are a limited number of spots available for attendees from non-member companies. There is a registration fee of $100 for attendees from non-member companies.