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GENERAL PERMIT 23 – Geotechnical Survey Borings

General Permit 23 authorizes geotechnical survey borings including survey borings or excavations constructed for the purpose of obtaining information on subsurface conditions, for the purpose of determining the presence or extent of contamination in subsurface soils or groundwater, and for obtaining seismic information, provided:

  • Borings and related site disturbance are not located in shellfish habitat, submerged vegetation habitat, or endangered or threatened wildlife or plant species habitats and comply with wild and scenic river corridors, wetlands and wetlands buffers;
  • Borings for remedial investigation are permitted, constructed, and completed in accordance with the Well Construction and Maintenance; Sealing of Abandoned Well rules, N.J.A.C. 7:9D, and N.J.A.C. 7:26E-1.5(b) and 4 of the Technical Requirements for Site Remediation;
  • Disturbance is limited to that which is necessary;
  • Borings and related site disturbance is not conducted during the time periods identified at N.J.A.C. 7:7-6.23(a)5;
  • Any acid-producing soils encountered are managed in accordance with the requirements for a regulated activity in an area with acid-producing soils in the Flood Hazard Area Control Act rules (N.J.A.C. 7:13); and
  • Bore holes are backfilled to the original surface level with appropriate, non-contaminated, soil material.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-6.23

If your project does not meet the requirements of the General Permit 23, it may qualify for another General Permit, Permit-by-rule, or an Individual Permit.  Additional information on these permit types can be found on the Coastal Permitting page.

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