Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The Massachusetts 21E, or state Superfund law, requires that any site that has contamination requires a property evaluation by a Licensed Site Professional (LSP). While this regulation is not specific to property transfer, it is considered a standard of care in most real estate transactions. In addition, the state implements activity and land use restrictions for sites where contamination is left in place or being monitored, and these restrictions must be disclosed during real property transfer.
Massachusetts requires TSDF owners and operators to record their license and to disclose certain information about the facility when it is closed. The state hazardous waste closure regulations are identical to the federal regulations and require notification of site conditions on local land records.
The state has also established regulatory requirements for property transfers related to wetlands, on-site sewage disposal facilities, and water supply lands. Any site that has a water or air discharge permit will typically ...