Massachusetts GHG Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts GHG Management: What you need to know

GHG Management
Governing Law and Regulations

Reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:

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Mandatory reporting: Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 21N, Section 2(a); 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 7.70, 310 CMR 7.71; and 40 CFR 98

Voluntary reporting: MGL Chapter 21N, Section 2(a)

GHG reduction targets: MGL Chapter 21N, Section 3 and MGL Chapter 21N, Section 4(a)

Climate Action Plan (CAP): MGL Chapter 21N, Section 4

Vehicle GHG emissions: 310 CMR 7.40

Environmental impact statements: 301 CMR 11.01 to 11.17

Gas-insulated switchgear (GIS): 310 CMR 7.72

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Budget Trading Program: 310 CMR 7.70

Natural gas distribution network: 310 CMR 7.73

Electricity generating facilities: 310 CMR 7.74

Clean Energy Standard (CES): 310 CMR 7.75

Transportation: 310 CMR 60.05

Fleet passenger vehicles: 310 CMR 60.06

Climate Protection and Green Economy Act, MGL Chapter 21N, Section 3; MGL Chapter 21N, Section 4(h); and MGL Chapter 21N, Section 5

Regulatory Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Administration and enforcement. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Waste Prevention administers the state's GHG management programs to address GHG emissions and coordinates with other states to assist in the implementation of regional climate change initiatives. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) oversees the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) and the evaluation of GHG emissions in environmental impact ...

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