Director of Redevelopment
Mr. Putnam has over 40 years of experience in the remediation field both with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). He was previously the Assistant Director for the NJDEP’s Publicly Funded Response Element. As the Assistant Director, he managed over 50 staff members and an annual remediation budget of over $15 million. The Element performed all aspects of the remedial process on over 300 cases: Immediate Environmental Concern cases, Preliminary Assessments and Site Investigations, Remedial Investigations and Feasibility Studies, Remedial Design, Remedial Actions, and Operations and Maintenance. Cases included contaminated wells, regulated tanks, industrial property, and the proper closure of major landfills.
It is noteworthy that no project is too large for Mr. Putnam as he served as the Project Manager for the NJDEP’s response to the Fenimore Landfill crisis as well as the Superstorm Sandy waterway debris removal project.
Mr. Putnam was the State Project Officer for the Fund Lead Superfund sites in New Jersey. He was instrumental in the effort that got the most sites on the Superfund List for New Jersey, and in getting more than $4 billion in Superfund monies for New Jersey’s Fund Lead Superfund sites, far surpassing any other state. Mr. Putnam has testified before Congress and the New Jersey Legislature and has been an expert witness in cost recovery litigation.
Mr. Putnam joined the staff at PennJersey Environmental in 2020 as the Director of Redevelopment. Since that time, his project focus has been primarily on solar facility development on landfills and brownfields.