Massachusetts Landfills regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Landfills: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste landfill rules: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 30.620 to 30.633

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Solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill rules: 310 CMR 16.01et seq. and 310 CMR 19.001et seq.

Design standards:

Leak detection system: 310 CMR 30.622

Liners: 310 CMR 30.622 to 310 CMR 30.624

Facility operation:

Emergency response notification: 310 CMR 30.622

Landfill supervision: 310 CMR 30.625

Landfill equipment: 310 CMR 30.627

Stabilization and Solidification Plan: 310 CMR 30.632

Monitoring and inspection: 310 CMR 30.624

Disposal restrictions:

Banned/restricted wastes: 310 CMR 30.631

Liquid waste prohibitions: 310 CMR 30.629

Container disposal standards: 310 CMR 30.630

Lab pack prohibition: 310 CMR 30.630(5)

Regulatory Agency

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

See ADDRESS & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. At present, Massachusetts has no commercial landfills that accept hazardous waste. However, the state's hazardous waste program retains hazardous waste landfill regulations that are more stringent than the federal requirements. The state's standards cover:

— Design

— Operation

— Monitoring and inspection

— Disposal restrictions

—Facility permit and fees

Massachusetts has its own rules for solid (nonhazardous) waste landfills. In addition, the federal solid waste landfill rules apply in Massachusetts. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Waste Prevention administers and enforces both the hazardous and solid ...


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