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Finally, good news for developers from DEP                                                                                                                                                                 ®

THE REAL ESTATE community, especially devel-              The professionals would be paid through sur-                 The statements by Mauriello help answer the
opers, received some positive news last week              charges on the applicants, mostly developers.           questions of developers who have wondered                        April 27, 2009
from Mark N. Mauriello, the acting commission-                 The change can’t come soon enough. The state       about the status of the LSP program. Granted, the
er of the state Department of Environmental Pro-          has a backlog of 20,000 contaminated sites, and the     real estate community probably wishes the pro-           How to Reach Us
tection. (See story on Page 1.)                           LSP program can help whittle that down, then-DEP        gram already was under way, but developers have     MAILING ADDRESS
      Positive news from the DEP may seem like            Commissioner Lisa Jackson said. Without a change,       become used to waiting on DEP — a waiting           NJBIZ, 220 Davidson Ave, Suite 302
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an oxymoron to developers, but Mauriello’s asser-         the unclean sites will languish in the bureaucratic     game that should soon be ending, at least in one    PHONE (732) 246-7677
tion before a state Senate committee that the             process for years, as Jackson had noted.                area of the regulatory oversight. ◆                 FAX: EDITORIAL (732) 249-8886
Licensed Site Professional program would be                    Mauriello’s assertion last week comes even                                                             FAX: ADVERTISING (732) 249-8952
rolled out by late summer is welcome news.                before Gov. Jon S. Corzine has signed the bill to          O u r     P o i n t      o f    V i e w          FAX: OPERATIONS (732) 846-0421
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      The program would establish a board to              authorize the program. But clearly Mauriello would                     What do you think?                   REPRINTS For article reprints, please
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   Which of these budget items from the governor’s                                                                                                                    SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
                                                                                                                                                                      Penelope Spencer pspencer@njbiz.com
       proposal will most harm your business?
                                                                                                                                                                      ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES
                                                                                                                                                                      Susan Alexander salexander@njbiz.com
                                                                                                                                                                      Robin Fields rfields@njbiz.com
       A payroll tax hike on employers,                                                                                                                               Lucille Lo Sapio llosapio@njbiz.com
       estimated at $90 per worker.                                                                                                                                   Joe Malone jmalone@njbiz.com
                                                                                                                                                                      John J. Morelli jmorelli@njbiz.com
       An extension of a three-year-old                                                                                                                               Merry Solomon msolomon@njbiz.com

       temporary surcharge on the Corporation                                                                                                                         EDITORIAL
                                                                                                                                                                      EDITOR
       Business Tax.                                                                                                                                                  Sharon Waters swaters@njbiz.com
       A one-year income tax increase from                                                                                                                            DEPUTY EDITOR - NEWS
                                                                                                                                                                      Joe St. Arney jarney@njbiz.com
       8.97 percent to 10.25 percent for                                                                                                                              DEPUTY EDITOR & REPORTER
       individuals making more than                                                                                                                                   Beth Fitzgerald bfitzgerald@njbiz.com
                                                                                                                                                                      Workplace Issues/General News
       $500,000.
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