Massachusetts Air - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Air - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

State Implementation Plan (SIP): 40 CFR 51 and 40 CFR 52.1120 to 52.1169

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Attainment status: 40 CFR 81.322

Air permits: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 7.02, 310 CMR 7.03, 310 CMR 7.12, 310 CMR 7.00 Appendix A, and 310 CMR 7.00 Appendix C

Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs): 310 CMR 7.02

New source performance standards (NSPS): 310 CMR 7.02

Risk management program: 40 CFR 68

Ozone transport: 310 CMR 7.32

Greenhouse gas emissions: 310 CMR 7.70 and 310 CMR 7.71

Regulatory Agency

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Planning and Evaluation Division Air Program Planning Unit

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rule. Massachusetts' air program is shaped by its SIP, which sets forth basic strategies for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). As mandated by the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit a SIP to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.

Administration and enforcement. The DEP is responsible for administering and enforcing Massachusetts' air pollution rules

State Requirements



Massachusetts' SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, requirements for nonattainment areas, HAPs, and numerous other air-related programs.

Attainment Status

Areas of the state that do not meet the NAAQS are designated as nonattainment areas. Massachusetts has nonattainment areas for ozone. ...

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