Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Resource Protection
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 controls water pollution under state water quality and minimum effluent treatment standards. Massachusetts generally follows the federal rules for establishing effluent limitations and, in some cases, exceeds the federal standards for specific compounds. A facilities discharge permit typically outlines site-specific effluent standards.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Resource Protection administers and enforces the state's effluent limitation regulations.
GENERAL WATER QUALITY CRITERIA
Effluent limitations are based on the water quality of the surface or groundwater where the discharge will occur. The specific water quality standards for the receiving water body should be determined before a discharge permit is proposed. For more information on groundwater discharge regulation, see the state section GROUNDWATER.
All of the water classifications include provisions for temperature. For details on temperature ...