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Soil Standards Change

Updated: Mar 2, 2018

Less strict standards for many contaminants


The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has revised soil toxicity data for 19 contaminants, which has precipitated a change in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) soil remediation standards.


The majority of the 19 contaminants (primarily semi-volatile organics) now have higher (i.e. less strict) standards. This is important for sites that have historic fil, for example, where these compounds are typically detected at low concentrations. It may be beneficial to compare the new standards with historic sampling data.


Some of the contaminants (e.g. cyanide and trichloroethene) have lower (i.e.more strict) standards, which may require further remediation or compliance.

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