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Review of the Petroleum Contamination Site Cleanup Reimbursement Program , Report No. 95-32, February 1996

  • The reimbursement program has a backlog of approximately $439 million in outstanding reimbursement claims, while the majority of previous cleanup expenditures had gone toward low priority sites.
  • Other agencies' reports found problems with reimbursements costs, the lack of technical audits, and the assurance that cleanup tasks were performed efficiently. Reimbursements were made on a first come, first serve basis without regard to a site's ranking, which resulted in an increasing backlog of claims. In 1995, the Legislature passed laws that changed the program to address the highest priority sites first, and required that DEP preapprove the costs and scope of cleanup work. Also, work on high priority sites will be limited until the backlog of claims are paid. Lastly, Risk Based Corrective Action (RBCA), competitive bidding, and the use of alternative cleanup technologies offer opportunities for reducing cleanup costs.
  • The Legislature should continue to place emphasis on paying off the backlog of claims. Once these claims are paid off, funds should then be dedicated to cleanup of the highest priority sites. When appropriate, RBCA, competitive bidding, and alternative cleanup technologies should be used to reduce costs.

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