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Institutional and Engineering Controls for Soils

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Bureau of Operations Maintenance & Monitoring

Deed Notice Inspection Program

Rob Hoch

Deed Notice Inspection Manager

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Deed Notice Inspection Program

  • Central repository for all DER’s and Deed Notices after closeout (site NFA)

    • over 500 DER/DN’s on file

  • Conducts the 5 year inspection of eng. controls [N.J.S.A. 58:10B-13(g)]

    • over 200 inspections conducted to date

  • Conducts investigations/complaints

  • Receives and Evaluates Biennial Certifications

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  • Are unannounced

  • Walk the property/restricted area boundaries

    • GPS polygon of restricted area

  • Review the DER/DN that is required to be kept on site

  • Provide guidance and answer questions

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Deed Notice?

  • An administrative mechanism used to limit human activities when contaminants remain above the remediation standard.

  • Provides notification in narrative and map form of contamination relative engineering controls and additional restrictions.

  • Institutional control.

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Types of Institutional Controls

  • Declaration of Environmental Restriction (DER) all those before Brownfield and Contaminated Site Remediation Act (1/6/98)

  • Deed Notice (DN) All those after Brownfields Act

  • Other

    • Classification Exception Area (CEA)

    • Well Restriction Area (WRA)

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Deed Notice

  • Required whenever a restricted use or limited restricted use remedy is proposed

  • Is a non-permanent remedial action that requires continued responsibility by the property owner

    • Monitoring and maintenance of the eng. control

    • Biennial certification

    • Continued evaluation of the effectiveness of the Eng. control relative to site use and surroundings

    • ACO’s have financial obligations

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  • Restricted Use-- any remedial action that requires the continued use of eng/inst controls (>RDCSCC)

  • Limited Restricted Use-- any remedial action that requires the continued use of inst. controls but not eng. controls (>RDCSCC but <NRDCSCC)

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Engineering Controls

  • Any mechanism used to contain or stabilize contamination that ensures the effectiveness of a remedial action.

  • Acts as a physical barrier between contamination and human contact and the environment.

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Types of Eng. Controls

  • Caps

    • Soil/Vegetated

    • Asphalt

    • Concrete

    • Building Footprint

  • Fence/Signs/Bollards

  • Case specific proposals

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Approval of Eng./Inst. Controls

  • Completed Model Deed Notice (Appendix E of N.J.A.C. 7:26E)

  • Narrative detailing the future use of the site and compatibility with the selected engineering control

  • Site drawings and specifications

    • should clearly & accurately depict current site conditions at time of filing

    • do not have to be signed and sealed by a NJ Professional Engineer

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Approval of Eng./Inst. Controls

  • Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (N.J.A.C. 7:26E)

  • Submitted as a complete draft within the Remedial Action Workplan (i.e.,. exhibits, maps, tables)

  • Shall include written approval from the property owner if the person conducting the remediation is not the owner.

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Engineering Control Proposal

  • Site drawings and specifications shall include, if applicable, the following

    • Eng. Control specifications

    • Surface water and erosion controls

    • Generated gas control systems

    • Leachate controls

    • Groundwater monitoring and controls

    • Type of vehicular traffic

    • Tidal/flood considerations

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Deed Notice

Shall be provided in electronic format compatible with the

Departments Geographic Information System (NJAC 7:1 Appendix A) and

Questions: John DeFina - GIS Mapping Coordinator

(609) 633-0537

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Continued Liability

  • If a restricted property is sold (Res. Or Non-Res. Use), the original discharger remains liable for the contamination under the Spill Compensation and Control Act NJSA 58:10-23.11 et.seq.

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Biennial Certification

  • Tech. Regs - NJAC 7:26E

    • 7:26E-8.5 & 8.7 - Submit a certification/ monitoring report to the NJDEP every two years

      • Biennial Certification Form

        • $250.00 review fee (Oversight Rules 7:26C-9.2(a)4)

        • NJEMS identifiers (ie Program Interest name/number)

        • Log of inspections

        • Property owner and Contact Person

        • Hard Copy plus an Electronic Copy 7:26E-8.5(c)

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Deed Notice Exhibits

  • Exhibit A

    • Vicinity maps (roads, geographic features)

      • County map (Hagstrom)

    • Metes and bounds

    • Scaled map of property (1 inch to 200 ft or less)

      • large vs. small

      • major topographical features (water tower, rail road etc)

      • North arrow and legend

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Deed Notice Exhibits

  • Exhibit B

    • Restricted area maps for EACH distinct area

      • As builts of each eng. control

      • Sample locations remaining above the standard

    • Restricted area data tables

      • Tabulated data for EACH restricted area

        • location, depth, concentration, CAS, soil criteria

        • historic fill-- NJAC 7:26E-4.6 table 4-2

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Deed Notice Exhibits

  • Exhibit C

    • General description of inst./eng. Controls

      • objective,size, monitoring, maintenance

    • Inspection schedule and log

    • Disturbance procedures

    • For EACH engineering control

      • AOC’s may be combined

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Removal or Modification Inst./Eng. Controls

  • Tech. Regs [NJAC 7:26E-8.2(h),(i), and (j)]

    • Submit a written request to the Dept. along with a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), Termination of Deed Notice form and a draft Deed Notice

    • Termination of Deed Notice Form

      • Provided for NJDEP approval before being filed with the county clerk

    • Conduct site inspection & issue approval/denial

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Deed Notice Inspection Program Contact Information

Div. Remediation Management & Response

Bureau of Operations, Maint. & Monitoring

Deed Notice Inspection Program

P.O Box 413

401 E. State St., Trenton NJ 08625-0413

  • Rob Hoch: Phone: (609) 292-1943

    Fax: (609) 633-2360

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DNIP Citations

  • Tech. Regs-- NJAC 7:26E

    • 7:26E-8.4, 8.5, & 8.6 -- Maintain Eng. Controls

    • 7:26E-8.5(d)-- Notification of a change in point of contact to maintain Eng./Inst. controls

  • Brownfields--NJSA 58:10B

    • 58:10B-13.1a-- Revocation of Covenant Not to Sue if Engineering and/or Institutional Controls not maintained/exist

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Model Deed Notice; Biennial Certification; Termination of Deed Notice Guidance/Forms

  • Available in the SRP Home Page at

    Regulations and/or Guidance on drop down menu