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20. State Environmental Code (Title 5)
Authorities: M.G.L. c. 21A, § 13: State Environmental Code; 310 CMR 11: Title I: Administration and Application of the Environmental Code; 310 CMR 15.000: Title V: Subsurface Disposal of Sanitary Sewage; 314 CMR 5.00: Ground Water Discharge Permit Program and 6.00: Ground Water Quality Standards.
Jurisdiction: Sewage disposal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Applicability: Projects that generate sanitary waste must dispose of it to municipal sewer systems or in compliance with Title 5 of the State Environmental Code.
Regulatory Summary: The purpose of the State Environmental Code is to protect public health and environmental resources by regulating the discharge of sewage. Septic systems generating less than 10,000 gallons per day are regulated by local Boards of Health. Larger systems must be reviewed and approved by the Department of Environmental Protection. Most larger systems are required to have secondary treatment before discharging effluent to groundwater.
Review Process: Review of smaller systems locally determined.
Forms: Locally determined.
Fees: Locally determined.
Contact: Local Board of Health.
Publication Date: Fall, 2003
A publication of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA170Z2338. This publication is funded (in part) by a grant/cooperative agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or any of its sub-agencies.