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Add site remediation to the list of government operations that are extending deadlines in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection on Friday issued a Temporary Rule Modification affecting its Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites (ARRCS) and its Technical Requirements for Site Remediation.

According to the law firm Connell Foley, the rule modification is recognition that Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders requiring social distancing may impact the ability to perform site remediation activities.

The move will extend certain mandatory remediation timeframes by 90 days and authorize waivers, suspension and/or relaxation of certain administrative and technical requirements. Relevant notices will be posted on DEP’s website as regulatory changes are made.

“The Modification is retroactive to March 9, 2020. Unless revoked or modified by the Commissioner, it will remain in effect until the expiration or revocation of Executive Order 103, the order that instituted the current State of Emergency as a result of COVID-19,”according to attorneys Ryan A. Benson and Agnes Antonian.

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