Massachusetts Land Treatment regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Land Treatment: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste land treatment rules: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 30.651 to 30.659

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License for land treatment demonstration: 310 CMR 30.862

Treatment program: 310 CMR 30.652

Design standards: 310 CMR 30.654

Unsaturated monitoring zone: 310 CMR 30.655

Special wastes: 310 CMR 30.657

Food-chain crops: 310 CMR 30.654(11)

Recordkeeping: 310 CMR 30.656

Post-closure rules: 310 CMR 30.659(4)(a)(1)

Regulatory Agency

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Business Compliance Division

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Owners and operators of land treatment facilities in Massachusetts must comply with both the federal land treatment facility rules and the state's additional requirements covering the state's treatment program, design standards, unsaturated monitoring zone, special wastes, good-chain crop prohibition, recordkeeping, post-closure, and facility permit and fees.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Waste Prevention administers and enforces the land treatment facility requirements in Massachusetts.

State Requirements


310 CMR 30.652

DEP's land treatment program has incorporated federal standards and added state requirements. A land treatment facility in Massachusetts:

  • May not treat hazardous waste in a manner that presents a significant risk to the environment or public health, safety, or welfare.
  • Must have a treatment zone that consists of soils that meet the criteria for these U.S. Department of Agriculture soil texture classes: sandy loam, fine sandy loam, loam, ...

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