Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
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. The state requires notification of any release or threat of release of oil or hazardous material that exceeds threshold amounts. Under the Massachusetts Contingency Planning requirements, notification thresholds have been established for 2-hour, 72-hour, and 120-day-type releases. In addition, there are oil spill prevention requirements in Massachusetts for certain types of vessels. See the state section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for more information about these requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP and EPA are jointly responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's oil spill rules. Some authority has been delegated to local authorities, including local fire departments, to facilitate response activities.
310 CMR 40.0001 to 40.1600
The purpose of the MCP is to provide for the protection of health, safety, public welfare, and the environment by establishing requirements and procedures for the prevention of activities that may cause a release or threat of release of oil and/or ...