Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Resource Protection
DEP Bureau of Waste Prevention
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The state does not have authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program in Massachusetts, including for the federal Pretreatment Program. For additional guidance, see the state section NPDES PERMIT.
Massachusetts has developed general discharge criteria of its own in addition to the federal categorical and prohibitive pretreatment standards for industrial discharges to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). See the national section PRETREATMENT STANDARDS for a review of the federal rules for categorical and prohibitive standards.
The state has also developed regulations for septic systems, commonly referred to as Title 5 regulations, which require inspection of septic systems and cesspools.
• Administration and enforcement. The Massachusetts Department of ...