Massachusetts Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan) regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan): What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention Act, Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 21E, Sections 1 to 19

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Massachusetts Oil Spill Act Protecting Buzzards Bay: MGL Chapter 21M, Sections 1 to 19

Tank vessels: MGL Chapter 21M and 314 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 19.01 to 19.07

Tugboat escorts: 314 CMR 19.03

Transit notification: 314 CMR 19.04

State pilot: 314 CMR 19.05

State-provided tugboat escorts: 314 CMR 19.06 and 314 CMR 19.07

Regulatory Agencies

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

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup

Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Massachusetts has adopted the Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention Act in addition to the federal requirements for the preparation of Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans that are in force in the state. Owners of facilities that are involved in the generation, storage, collection, transport, treatment, disposal, use, reuse, and recycling of hazardous waste in Massachusetts must develop a contingency plan. If the owner or operator has already prepared a federal SPCC plan, the owner or operator needs only to add to the federal plan whatever information is necessary to comply with the state requirements.

Massachusetts has also developed regulations for spill planning requirements for underground storage tanks (USTs) and aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) that store flammable and combustible materials.

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