Massachusetts Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP): 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 40.0001 to 40.1600

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Notice requirements: 310 CMR 40.0311 to 40.0315

Notice exceptions: 310 CMR 40.0317

Notification procedures: 310 CMR 40.0333

Oral notification content: 310 CMR 40.0334

Release notification form: 310 CMR 40.0371

Retracting a notification: 310 CMR 40.0335

Regulatory Agencies

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.

State Requirements


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 ...

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