FAIRFIELD NJ AND NORWOOD MA - GZA GeoEnvironmental, a leading environmental and geotechnical consulting firm, recently announced that Benjamin Alter, PG, LSRP, has been nominated by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to serve on the state’s Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board.

Alter is one of 11 professionals and one of seven Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) nominated to the Licensing Board. The Governor’s nominations are subject to approval from the State Senate.

A resident of Caldwell, NJ, Alter is a principal in the firm’s Northern New Jersey office who has the extensive experience and background that make him uniquely qualified to remediate severely contaminated sites.

Alter, along with John Oberer of GZA’s Ft. Washington PA office, are founding members of the New Jersey’s new LSRP Association. In addition he serves on its steering committee. GZA was one of the leading companies in a similar program undertaken in Massachusetts and has taken an active role in the development of New Jersey’s Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program.

The Licensed Site Remediation Professional program allows appropriately-licensed professionals to self certify environmental investigations and remedial actions to help cut down on the state’s backlog of site remediation cases and jump-start redevelopment of many underutilized properties. By privatizing the remediation of contaminated sites, the state has set into motion an important economic engine to speed up the transformation of idle properties into productive land that can generate new tax revenue, all without having to incur the cost of hiring additional state employees.

Some of the duties to be carried out by the Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board include reviewing and approving or denying applications for licensing; establishing standards and requirements for continuing education of licensed site remediation professionals; establishing and collecting fees for examinations, licenses, renewals or any other services required for licensing; and investigating complaints, imposing discipline, and suspending and revoking licenses of site remediation professionals who violate provisions of the bill.

“We commend Ben and his colleagues for taking a leading role in this important environmental legislation. The have participated in hearings before the New Jersey State Legislature and in discussions with the state Department of Environmental Protection for the past year as the legislation was being developed,” said William R. Beloff, President and CEO of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. “The New Jersey program is modeled closely upon the proven, successful Massachusetts program, in which GZA has been an industry leader for many years. Ben and his team are uniquely qualified to assist the state in addressing the sites in need of remediation.”

About GZA
Founded in 1964, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. is a multi-disciplined firm providing environmental consulting, geotechnical and geo-civil engineering, environmental remediation, regulatory compliance, litigation support, air quality, solid waste services, specialty construction, occupational health and safety, and site development services.  GZA maintains corporate offices at One Edgewater Drive, Norwood, MA 02062. The firm has 535 employees and operates 23 offices in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes Regions of the United States. For additional information, please call William R. Beloff, CEO at 781-278-3801 or visit the company’s website at 
www.gza.com. For additional information on the Fairfield NJ office please contact Dennis Rubin at (973) 774-3300.