One of the main qualities of Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) is their ability to adapt. Every site is different. Every project has its quirks. Every challenge presents an opportunity for renewal.
As with remediation projects, so it is with the LSRPA and the LSRP profession itself.
The LSRP profession faces a myriad of challenges. Many existing LSRPs are approaching retirement and environmental regulations are constantly changing as science evolves. The LSRPA has begun to ask, “How can we make a better future?” Anticipating the needs of tomorrow, including education, redevelopment, revitalization and remediation, requires a new way of thinking.
The LSRPA proactively works with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to update rules, regulations and guidance while maintaining high standards of remediation.
A priority for both the LSRPA and the NJDEP in 2023 will be reducing remedial action permit backlogs that have slowed the completion of projects. Through stakeholder engagement, training, innovation and ongoing discussion, the two organizations are striving to reduce permit backlogs significantly, improve the speed of remediation, and render more sites available for redevelopment.
Much of the current work of the LSRPA and its members focuses on the profession and the work it performs. We actively encourage more young professionals to choose environmental careers and consider becoming LSRPs. More than $200,000 has been raised for scholarships to encourage a qualified and diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students who are considering environmental careers.
With its partner organizations, the LSRPA Foundation in 2022 also began offering grants to help launch local environmental projects.
These are just a few examples of how the LSRPs and the LSRPA are rethinking and adapting.
Who are LSRPs? They are accomplished engineers, geologists and scientists who oversee remediation and guide Persons Responsible for Conducting Remediation through the state’s complex rules and regulations for environmental cleanups. More than 12,000 cases have been closed under the LSRP program through 2022.
The LSRPA is built on the expertise of our members – those people whose experience and comprehensive knowledge of regulations and technology make environmental remediation possible.
The LSRPA proudly represents these highly educated, conscientious and hard-working professionals and encourages new ways of thinking to protect public health, safety and the environment in New Jersey.
William P. Call, PG, LSRP, President, LSRPA
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