Massachusetts Superfund regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Superfund: 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

Site identification:

DEP authority: 310 CMR 40.0101

Right of Entry: 310 CMR 40.0166

Applicability: 310 CMR 40.0003 and 310 CMR 40.0006

State lists: 310 CMR 40.0168

Risk characterization: 310 CMR 40.0900

Request for information (RFI): 310 CMR 40.0165

Tier I and Tier II sites: 310 CMR 40.0510 and 310 CMR 40.0520

Effective dates: 310 CMR 40.0510(5)

Release response: 310 CMR 40.0190

Cleanup plans: 310 CMR 40.0405, 310 CMR 40.0800, 310 CMR 40.0830, 310 CMR 40.0850, and 310 CMR 40.0870

Public notice: 310 CMR 40.1400 to 40.1406


Cleanup costs: 310 CMR 40.1201 to 40.1221

Potentially responsible parties (PRPs): 310 CMR 40.0160

Citizen suits: MGL Chapter 21E:14 and MGL Chapter 21E:15

Consent orders: 310 CMR 40.0170

Licensed Site Professionals (LSP) program: 309 CMR 2.00 to 9.00

Regulatory Agencies

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

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. Massachusetts has its own program for the cleanup of contaminated sites. The state's program is very similar in principle to the federal Superfund program, except that the state's rules apply broadly to hazardous materials, not just hazardous substances. The waste site cleanup program is part of what is referred to as the Massachusetts Contingency Plan.

Administration and ...

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