Massachusetts Fugitive Emissions regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Fugitive Emissions: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Fugitive particulate matter emissions: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 7.09

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Visible emissions: 310 CMR 7.06

Odor: 310 CMR 7.09

Noise: 310 CMR 7.10

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

Rules. The federal New Source Performance Standards and the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, which contain source-specific standards for the control of fugitive emissions, are in effect in Massachusetts. In addition, the state has established general requirements to control fugitive particulate matter, odor emissions, and noise.

Administration and enforcement. The Air Program Planning Unit within the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Waste Prevention is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's fugitive dust, odor, and noise regulations.

State Requirements


310 CMR 7.09

In addition to its industry- and site-specific chemical fugitive emissions rules, the state also regulates fugitive particulate matter, also referred to as dust, that contributes to air pollution. Types of operations that are likely to cause dust fugitive emissions are:

  • Aggregate manufacturing plants
  • Agricultural operations
  • Asphalt batching plants
  • Asphalt blowing plants
  • Asphalt roofing materials manufacturing plants
  • Chemical products manufacturing plants
  • Concrete batching plants
  • Construction work
  • Dry-cleaning establishments
  • Dump ...

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Massachusetts Fugitive Emissions Resources

Type Title
Forms Visible Emissions Observation Form (SFN-8441)
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