Massachusetts Pretreatment Standards regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Pretreatment Standards: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Publicly owned treatment works (POTW) programs: 314 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 12.01 to 12.10

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POTW special operations: 360 CMR 10.001 to 10.104

Construction site discharges: 360 CMR 10.093

Photo processing and printing operations: 360 CMR 10.061

Title 5 septic system regulations: 310 CMR 15.001 to 15.505

Setback distances: 310 CMR 15.211

Grease traps: 310 CMR 15.230

Industrial wastewater storage: 314 CMR 18.01 to 18.11

Applicability: 314 CMR 18.02

Certification: 314 CMR 18.10

Decommissioning requirements: 314 CMR 18.11

Records: 314 CMR 18.09

Regulatory Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Resource Protection

DEP Bureau of Waste Prevention

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The state does not have authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program in Massachusetts, including for the federal Pretreatment Program. For additional guidance, see the state section NPDES PERMIT.

Massachusetts has developed general discharge criteria of its own in addition to the federal categorical and prohibitive pretreatment standards for industrial discharges to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). See the national section PRETREATMENT STANDARDS for a review of the federal rules for categorical and prohibitive standards.

The state has also developed regulations for septic systems, commonly referred to as Title 5 regulations, which require inspection of septic systems and cesspools.

Administration and enforcement. The Massachusetts Department of ...

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