Soil Testing in NJ – When is it necessary to test the soil?

Is soil testing required before or after removing an oil tank in NJ, in order to determine if soil remediation is necessary?

Soil testing is not always required when performing an oil tank removal in the state of New Jersey. There is certainly no reason to pay the cost of soil testing prior to an oil tank removal, as there has been no problem encountered to that point. Whether you are buying or selling a home with a buried underground oil tank (you can read more about buyer concerns and seller action here), it is in your best interest to first perform the oil tank removal. This is because when an oil tank is removed in the state of NJ, the appropriate township will perform a visual inspection to determine whether further action is needed. As such, the only case in which the soil would need to be tested is if the NJDEP determines there has been a leak and a DEP spill number is called in. At that point, a soil remediation or delineation would need to be performed and soil samples would be needed for the remedial action report to close the case. However, if there are no signs of contamination or a leak when the oil tank removal is performed, soil testing is not required in NJ and we advise to save yourself the time and money from performing the unnecessary work. In most cases, your project will fall within our flat-rate program.