Skelly and Loy has hired Robert Kowalczyk, P.E. and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP), to work in the firm’s Geo-Environmental Services Group.

Faced with the challenge of ensuring that more than 20,000 contaminated sites in New Jersey are properly remediated in a timely manner, the NJDEP worked closely with the New Jersey legislature and stakeholders to develop legislation that will dramatically change the process used to conduct environmental investigations and cleanups. On May 7, 2009, New Jersey’s governor signed the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) into law. SRRA established a program to license professionals (LSRPs) with the responsibility to oversee the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites in New Jersey. Effective May 7, 2012, persons responsible for conducting remediation must retain an LSRP and proceed with remediating the site in accordance with the SRRA regulations. Under SRRA, NJDEP approval is no longer required to proceed with remediation, resulting in contaminated sites being cleaned up more quickly and providing a greater measure of environmental protection to the citizens of New Jersey, ensuring that development of underused properties are returned to the tax rolls more quickly.

An environmental engineer with more than 33 years of experience, Kowalczyk has expertise in facility compliance evaluations and managing Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) pre-remedial projects including site inspections and remedial projects such as remedial investigations/feasibility studies, remedial design, and remedial action oversight. Kowalczyk also has experience with road construction projects including conducting environmental studies to identify properties considered environmental concerns, investigations to identify areas of soil and groundwater contamination, preparing remedial action work plans and soil reuse plans, and preparing environmental plans and specifications for the design portion of transportation projects.

Kowalczyk earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to being a NJDEP Licensed Site Remediation Professional, he is OSHA certified for Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response, and is a New York Asbestos Project Designer. Kowalczyk holds Professional Engineer registrations in PA, NJ, DE, MD, and VA.

Celebrating its 43rd year in business, Skelly and Loy is a mid-sized engineering-environmental consulting firm with 6 Mid-Atlantic offices. The firm provides mining, geologic, engineering, environmental, waste management, water resources, and cultural resources services to private and public sector clients throughout the United States and abroad.