The Appellate Division’s recent decision in Cedar Knolls 2006, LLC v. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Dkt. No. A-1405-15T3 (App. Div. Sept. 20, 2017) (unpublished) raises interesting questions about the proper scope of eligibility for limited State brownfield remediation funds. In Cedar Knolls, the Appellate Division reversed the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s decision denying a limited liability company’s request for a Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund Innocent Party Grant under the New Jersey Brownfield Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10B-1 to -31, rejecting the Department’s interpretation of the Act’s requirements for eligibility. In order to be eligible for such a grant under the Act, a person must (among other requirements) have acquired the subject property prior to December 31, 1983. In this case, the subject property was acquired by an individual in 1977, then transferred to the individual’s wife upon his death, then into trusts, and then to the couple’s son, who ultimately transferred the property to an LLC of which he was the sole owner. In denying the LLC’s grant request, the Department took the position that because the original purchaser (i.e., the father) and the LLC were not the same “person” under the Act, the LLC was not eligible for the grant. However, after reviewing the legislative history and remedial goals of the Act, the Appellate Division reversed, concluding that “the Legislature appears to have been more concerned with the substance of ownership and continuity than the technicalities of the legal form.”