New Jersey Release Notification regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New Jersey Release Notification: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Air: New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) 7:27-22.18 to 7:27-22.19

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Hazardous substances: NJAC 7:1E

Exceptions: NJAC 7:1E-5.3(e)

Notification: NJAC 7:1E-5.3

Written report: NJAC 7:1E-5.8

Historical discharges: NJAC 7:1E-5.2

Equipment malfunction: NJAC 7:1E-5.5

Medical waste: NJAC 7:26-3A.37

Pesticides: NJAC 7:30-9.17 to 7:30-9.18

Underground storage tank (UST) releases: NJAC 7:14B-7.1 to 7:14B-7.4

Regulatory Agencies

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management

Local Health Agencies

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New Jersey follows the federal rules for notification of hazardous substance releases. For details, see the national section RELEASE NOTIFICATION. The state has additional rules for reporting releases of hazardous substances, medical waste, pesticides, air contaminants, and underground storage tank (UST) releases.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has established a toll-free telephone hotline number (1-877-WARNDEP) for reporting environmental incidents, abuses, and complaints in New Jersey or that impact it. The number can be used in the New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware calling areas.

Administration and enforcement. The DEP administers the release notification rules in New Jersey.

State Requirements


NJAC 7:27-22.18 to 7:27-22.19

Any deviation from operating permit requirements that results in a release of air contaminants must be reported to the DEP as follows:

  • If the air contaminants are released in a quantity or concentration that poses a ...

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New Jersey Release Notification Resources

Type Title
Checklists CERCLA Release Reporting Checklist
Forms Spill/Release Report Form
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