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DEP Finds Violations at Berkeley Municipal Complex

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BERKELEY – An investigation from the state Department of Environmental Protection has resulted in four violations found at the Berkeley Township municipal complex and a $15,000 penalty, state enforcement records showed.

A search of the NJDEP’s enforcement database revealed that four separate violations of state environmental regulations are currently pending against Berkeley Township in connection with their investigation.

The violations, issued under the DEP’s hazardous waste regulation program, were found at the site of the township municipal complex and public works yard, on Pinewald-Keswick Road.

According to the DEP, the violations centered on underground storage tanks maintained by Berkeley at the complex. The violations cited included the following:

  • A “hazardous substance” was introduced to an unregistered storage tank at the municipal complex.
  • Berkeley officials failed to maintain updated insurance records on the tanks. The DEP said the last policy filed with them expired in January, 2011.
  • Berkeley failed to properly register all underground storage tanks with the DEP. Registration for the tanks expired in 2013.
  • Failure to close out of service tanks.

The start date of the violations was November 26th, 2018, according to state enforcement records. A $15,000 penalty has been assessed by the DEP against Berkeley, and a settlement is pending as of January 30th, 2019, according to the DEP’s database.

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