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Massachusetts Environmental Impact Statement: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 30, Sections 61 to 62H

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MEPA regulations, 301 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 11.01 to 11.17

Threshold levels: 301 CMR 11.03

Land: 301 CMR 11.03 (1)

State-listed species under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA): 301 CMR 11.03 (2)

Wetlands, waterways, and tidelands: 301 CMR 11.03 (3)

Water: 301 CMR 11.03 (4)

Wastewater: 301 CMR 11.03 (5)

Transportation: 301 CMR 11.03 (6)

Energy: 301 CMR 11.03 (7)

Air: 301 CMR 11.03 (8)

Solid and hazardous waste: 301 CMR 11.03 (9)

Historical and archaeological resources: 301 CMR 11.03 (10)

Areas of critical environmental concern: 301 CMR 11.03 (11)

Regulations: 301 CMR 11.03 (12)

Fail-safe provision: 301 CMR 11.04

Environmental notification form (ENF): 301 CMR 11.05 and 301 CMR 11.06

Environmental impact report (EIR): 301 CMR 11.07 and 301 CMR 11.08

Project changes: 301 CMR 11.10

Regulatory Agencies

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) MEPA Office

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Massachusetts has enacted a state law similar to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires all federal agencies to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for proposed major actions that significantly affect the environment. The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) requires an environmental impact report (EIR) for all works, projects, or activities conducted by state agencies that may cause significant impact on the environment. MEPA applies to ...


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