In August 2018, the NJDEP issued the Heating Oil Tank System Remediation Rules (HOTSR) (N.J.A.C 7:26F) that consolidated the rules for remediating discharges from heating oil tank systems into one chapter of the NJDEP regulations.  In the rule, a “heating oil tank system” is defined as a residential aboveground heating oil tank, a small non-residential aboveground heating oil tank system, or an unregulated heating oil tank (UHOT) system.

Among the most significant changes to the rules include a new small quantity exemption (SQE) that could allow less than 15 cubic yards of residual soil contamination to remain beneath a residential structure, provided that certain conditions are met.  There is also a new deed notice option specifically for HOTS that does not require a Remedial Action Permit (RAP). These changes will help relieve some of the financial burdens and logistic complications with the cleanup of HOT discharges.

Please call or email us to discuss your specific situation if you have questions or require environmental consulting support services for a former or existing heating oil tank at your property.