Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Coastal Zone Management Office (CZM)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)
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 follows the federal water quality standards. The state has not been delegated National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting authority. See the national section NPDES PERMIT for more information about the federal requirements.
The state has been granted primacy from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer and enforce the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). In addition to the federal requirements, the state also has some additional requirements, such as for perchlorate monitoring. For additional information about the SDWA, see the national section DRINKING WATER.
• Administration and enforcement. EPA Region 1 has primary ...