The Site Remediation Reform Act law allows for LSRP to issue variances from the Technical Requirements for Site Remediation and also allows the LSRP to employ alternatives to those detailed in Department Technical Guidance. This approach allows greater flexibility in determining how sites are investigated and remediated. However, when utilizing their professional judgment, it is incumbent on the LSRP to explain the validity of using variances or alternatives.

This one-day course will examine the legal and regulatory requirements, the opportunities to use professional judgment, and examine cases where professional judgment was employed. A panel of LSRPs, attorneys, and NJDEP representatives will give their views on the appropriate use of professional judgment.

Program Agenda

The Empowerment of the LSRP: The Use of Professional Judgment
Old Process v. New Process
Speed Dating SRRA and ARRCS
The Licensing Board
Effective Use of Compliance Averaging
Immediate Environmental Concerns (IECs)
Professional Judgment
Case Studies Breakout Session
Panel Discussion

Faculty Coordinator:

Jorge H. Berkowitz, PH.D., LSRP - Dr. Jorge H. Berkowitz received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees, all in Environmental Sciences, from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Upon completing his Masters degree course work, Dr. Berkowitz joined the faculty of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers in 1970, where he remained until 1980. He joined the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in 1980 and remained there until 1989. During this period, Dr. Berkowitz served as the Administrator of the DEP's Superfund Program, Director of the Air Quality Program, Director of the Department's Water Resource Management and Protection Program, and briefly as Acting Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Control and Management.

Dr. Berkowitz became an environmental consultant in 1989. He is currently a private consultant offering site remediation expert services in support of client's responsibilities during remediation or during litigation. Dr. Berkowitz was previously employed by Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., and was in charge of the environmental component of their Lawrenceville office. He serves in several capacities as an advisor to the NJDEP and is a member of various Boards of Directors and advisory committees for several professional organizations in New Jersey. Dr. Berkowitz was instrumental in helping formulate necessary changes to the original Site Remediation Reform Act in order to make the law achieve its desired purpose. Dr. Berkowitz was appointed to the Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board in 2010 by Governor Jon Corzine, and reappointed in 2015 by Governor Chris Christie. He is the Board's chair of the Professional Conduct Committee in addition to a member of the Rules and Operation Committees.

Continuing Education Credits

NJ Professional Engineers - 6.5 CPCs
NJ LSRP - 6.5 Regulatory CECs (NJ SRPLB Course# 2014-029)
NJ Continuing Legal Education- 7.8 CLEs
ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS: Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 6.5 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs)