Site Remediation and Brownfields Development
By partnering with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) from the inception of the Brownfields program, we have forged productive relationships with key NJDEP personnel and assisted in developing many of the policies and procedures that govern brownfields today. When it comes to serving our clients, we are instrumental in setting up that critical first meeting with NJDEP personnel—from the Office of the Commissioner to the case manager—that sets the tone for the successful resolution of development and remediation projects. Forms we developed at the onset of the program are still being used by the New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commission for reimbursement claims for qualifying remediation costs.
Together with the lawyers in our Real Estate department and Land Use and Redevelopment group, we take projects from infancy to completion by:
- Identifying available and emerging properties and opportunities.
- Obtaining the necessary municipal approvals.
- Focusing upon financial and tax incentives.
- Expediting the permitting.
- Managing the environmental investigation and remediation.
Maximizing the liability and financial protection that can be afforded through innovative insurance products. We serve as our clients’ primary liaison with the NJDEP and coordinate all aspects of the process from cost-effective investigations to any necessary permits for off-site access. We provide our clients with effective management of environmental issues including site acquisition, local and state permitting, municipal approvals, development strategies, reimbursement of remedial costs and final site development.
The sale and purchase of contaminated property often involve developing strategies for redevelopment and productive re-use. We vigorously pursue economic incentives provided by brownfields programs and counsel our clients in the negotiation and purchase of insurance policies to prospectively manage risk.