Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Massachusetts's pollution control rules include leak detection standards as a safeguard to preventing spills, releases, and unnecessary contamination. The specific leak detection system standards vary, depending on the type of unit or facility. See the national section LEAK DETECTION for a review of general and federal leak detection requirements.
Landfills and surface impoundments. All hazardous waste landfills and surface impoundments have to have a leak detection system as part of their liner system. See the state section LANDFILLS for additional guidance.
Hazardous waste storage tanks. A leak detection system on a hazardous waste storage tank is referred to as secondary containment. In addition, to ensure that hazardous waste stored in tanks does not contribute to air pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires hazardous waste storage tanks to have airtight coverings and vapor control devices. See the state section HAZWASTE STORAGE AND ...