Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Business Compliance Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
•Rules. Massachusetts's surface impoundment requirements include the federal rules and several more stringent standards. The Commonwealth's standards cover: design, notification and certification, special wastes, facility waivers, and facility permits and fees.
•Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Waste Prevention enforces the surface impoundment requirements in Massachusetts. EPA's Region 1 office enforces the federal air emissions standards for surface impoundments in Massachusetts.
310 CMR 30.612 to 310 CMR 30.614
Unlike the federal rules, DEP requires that all surface impoundments, new or existing, including monofills, have double liners. Existing facilities must either install a second liner or close the facility within 4 years from the date their DEP license was issued (310 CMR 30.613). DEP also specifies these additional ...