Massachusetts Brownfields regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Brownfields: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention and Response Act, Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 21E

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Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) regulations: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 40.0001 to 40.1462

Liability: MGL Chapter 21E Section 5D

Financial incentives:

Brownfields Redevelopment Fund: 946 CMR 3.01 to 3.12

Regulatory Agencies

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

Governor's Office for Brownfields Revitalization

Massachusetts Development Agency (MDA)

Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Attorney General's Office

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Massachusetts Brownfields Act provides incentives to encourage parties to clean up and redevelop contaminated property in Massachusetts. The Act provides liability relief and financial incentives to attract new resources for these properties while ensuring that the Commonwealth's environmental standards are met. For more information, see the national section BROWNFIELDS.

Administration and enforcement. DEP administers the Brownfields Act in Massachusetts.

State Requirements


State brownfields program incentives are available to buyers, and occasionally sellers, of contaminated property as long as a commitment is made to the cleanup and redevelopment of a brownfields site. State incentives can help parties identify risk, limit liability, and fund the cleanup of brownfields sites, enabling their reuse for industry, housing, and other purposes.

Parties who conduct site assessment or cleanup at any property in the state must do ...

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