Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Massachusetts generally follows the federal financial responsibility requirements, with additional rules for pesticide applicators, public water systems, solid waste landfills, hazardous waste transporters, and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs).
Massachusetts follows federal financial responsibility rules for underground storage tanks (USTs). See the national section FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY for the required amount of financial coverage and compliance mechanisms.
•Administration and enforcement. The DEP administers and enforces the state's financial responsibility rules for landfills, public water systems, transporters, TSDFs, and USTs. The DAR administers and enforces the rules governing pest control businesses.
In Massachusetts, there are several financial assurance mechanisms that owners or operators may use alone, or in combination, to demonstrate that they meet financial responsibility requirements sufficient to cover costs of cleanup of environmental damage caused by a spill ...