THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Pursuant to the provisions of General Laws Chapter 14, Section 6(1), Chapter 30A, Section 2, and Chapter 62C, Section 3, the Commissioner will hold a public hearing on the following proposed regulations:
503 CMR 2.00 Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund Regulations Implementing M.G.L. c. 21J
503 CMR 3.00 Grant Program For Cities and Towns Under M.G.L. c. 21J and c. 148, s. 37A
503 CMR 4.00 Implementation of Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fees
Scheduled Hearing Date:
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Room B
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
503 CMR 2.00 governs the administration of reimbursement from the Underground Storage Tank Petroleum (UST) Product Cleanup Fund Administrative Review Board under M.G.L. c. 21J. This regulation is being amended to simplify and modernize the method for underground storage tank owners to claim reimbursement for cleaning up petroleum spills from their tanks. It incorporates all Board-approved procedural changes since the 2012 revision. The changes also are generally designed to simplify the regulatory language and bring all the UST regulations into alignment, using consistent terminology. Finally, the revisions eliminate archaic references that are more than 20 years old and are no longer meaningful.
503 CMR 3.00 establishes the qualifications, priorities, and administration of the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund grant program for cities, towns, districts and other Bodies Politic. This regulation is being amended ro simplify the regulatory language and bring all the UST regulations into alignment, using consistent terminology.
503 CMR 4.00 explains the method for collecting and remitting the fees related to the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund that are required by M.G.L. c. 21J, § 2. This regulation is being amended to reflect a change in how the fees from the UST reimbursement fund are transferred to the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, as well as to include the fee increase tie to the Consumer Price Index, created by statute in 2013. The changes also are designed to simplify the regulatory language and bring all the UST regulations into alignment, using consistent terminology.
Copies of the proposed regulations will be sent electronically via e-mail to practitioners who are on the Rulings and Regulations Bureau's e-mail list. In addition the proposed regulations are posted on the Department of Revenue's Web site at: http://www.mass.gov/dor/businesses/help-and-resources/legal-library/regulations/proposedregulations.html. Hard copies of the proposed regulations may be obtained from the Rulings and Regulations Bureau, Post Office Box 9566, Boston, Massachusetts 02114-9566.
Written comments in advance of the hearing are encouraged and should be sent to the Rulings and Regulations Bureau. Alternatively, comments may be emailed to RulesandRegs@dor.state.ma.us or faxed to 617-626-3290. All persons desiring to be heard on this matter should appear at the designated time and place.
/s/Kevin W. Brown (for Michael J. Heffernan)
Michael J. Heffernan
Commissioner of Revenue