Each year, more than thirty million tons of food waste get sent to landfills across the U.S. There, it breaks down and releases methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. The State of Massachusetts hopes to address the issue with a new law. Large cafeterias and food producers who generate more than a ton of food waste weekly can no longer send it to landfills. So where can it go?
MassDEP's Central Regional Office Has Moved
On Friday, November 17, 2014, the MassDEP Central Regional Office has re-located to
8 New Bond Street, Worcester, MA 01606 The main phone number (1-508-792-7650) and staff extensions will remain the same. Directions to the new office and information on access and parking can be found MassDEP Central Region webpage.
Mass. Environment Commissioner Cash urges states to consider emissions trading systems for EPA rule compliance
During today's OnPoint, David Cash, commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, discusses pressure on the agency to change the rule and its targets before it becomes final. He also makes the case for an emissions trading bank that could facilitate state compliance with the rule.
David Cash, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, gets his (gloved) hands dirty Monday helping to dispose of food waste at the Gardner Ale House...
A local company that produces soil and landscaping products is in line to benefit from a new state regulation that requires recycling of food waste.
The state continued its roll-out of a first-in-the-nation commercial food waste ban aimed at increasing food donations and boosting renewable energy and composting.
Gone are the days when food waste was automatically sent to landfills. Once it's picked up by Casella Waste Systems' collection truck, this seemingly yucky brown substance becomes part of the company's composting operation, which turns a range of waste products, from paper fiber to ash to food wastes, into fertilization and landscaping products.
We know that some of the most important ways to get more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road are 1) provide consumers with incentives that will make EVs less expensive and more convenient; 2) get dealerships to actually make an effort to sell these cars...
With help from U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, New Bedford’s nationally-recognized Renewable Energy Initiative took a major step forward today as the Sullivan's Ledge Solar Project (view photo) was officially commissioned on the site of one of the country's most high-profile “Superfund” hazardous waste sites.
Patrick Administration Celebrates Key Investments in Electric Vehicles as Part of National Drive Electric Week in Massachusetts
Officials Tout EVs, Charging Infrastructure in Somerville, Marlborough and Wellesley
Massachusetts recently enacted the most aggressive mandatory composting program in history, to affect supermarkets, colleges, nursing homes, and prisons. How are they adapting?
Commissioner Cash Testimony Before a House Committee in Support of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, July 30, 2014
Thank you Chair Lummis, Ranking Member Johnson, and other members of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee for the opportunity to provide comments on EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. My name is David Cash and I am the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Prior to this position, I was a Commissioner of our state’s public utilities commission for three years focusing on grid reliability and protection of ratepayers. In total, I have worked in state government for ten years, always at the nexus of energy, environment and economic development.
Thank you very much for the opportunity to comment, as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department Environmental Protection, on EPA’s historic Clean Power Plan proposal. Before going in to specific aspects of the proposal, I wanted to make two general points. First, we strongly support EPA’s decision to use the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing electric power plants, and support the time table and schedule that has been proposed.
Thank you for inviting me here today to talk about how the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has been able to reach its two complementary goals of protecting public health and the environment and helping drive economic development. The agency, catalyzed by both significant reductions in resources and an evolving new economic development mission, devised a path forward that not only ensured the agency fulfilled its critical mission of protecting the environment, ensuring public health, and preserving the Commonwealth’s natural resources, but also supported the needs of the Commonwealth’s regulated community to facilitate growth and economic development.
First-of-its-kind water transportation program connects city’s premier waterfront cultural institutions, marks next phase of enhanced travel experiences for Boston tourism. The Fallon Company announced the launch of the Cultural Connector, a first-of-its-kind water transportation service linking Boston’s world-class waterfront cultural destinations in an entirely new way. Boston
I want to thank everyone who has had a part in helping to raise public awareness during the ongoing public comment period on our draft Water Management Act regulations. These proposed rules are an important next step in the Patrick administration's efforts to drive long-term economic growth and development in a way that also protects our natural resources for generations to come.
ECOS Innovations Awards Nomination: The Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition (CMRSWC)
In 2012 thirteen Massachusetts towns faced a significant challenge: how to implement their stormwater programs in an era of diminished town resources. Promoted by MassDEP and also backed by the agency’s technical expertise the towns took charge of their destiny and banded together to establish a stormwater coalition.
CHATHAM — State and local officials kicked off summer a day early Friday with a sunrise celebration for a 1.8 megawatt solar project on top of Chatham's capped landfill. It was the first stop in a one-day, six-stop tour of solar energy projects from Cape Cod to the Berkshires.
PITTSFIELD -- The demonstration effect provided by solar energy installations like the one at the city's wastewater treatment plant will spur limitless green energy growth in the commonwealth, state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner David W. Cash said during a stop in Pittsfield on Friday.
Massachusetts energy and environmental officials greeted the rise of the sun at 5:07 a.m. on Cape Cod to kick off a six-stop tour across the Commonwealth aimed at highlighting the Patrick Administration’s solar energy accomplishments.
CHATHAM - State and local officials celebrated the official start of summer a day early today, kicking off a six-stop tour of solar energy projects from Cape Cod to the Berkshires with a sunrise feting of a 1.8 megawatt project on top of Chatham's capped landfill.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Energy or environmental policies don't have to deter economic development. On Friday, commissioners of the state environmental and energy departments used the 1.58-megawatt photovoltaic array at the wastewater treatment center to make that case.
LOWELL (CBS) – They are the newest farms sprouting up all over the state. The funny looking fields are solar farms and they are becoming a major cash crop for cities and towns.
Worcester News Tonight video segment on state-wide tour stop at Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary. Story segment is at minute 4:13-6:25
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Patrick Administration took a fresh look at the state’s energy reality starting seven years ago, and we plotted a strategy that would make Massachusetts a national leader in emission reductions while spurring growth in the economy.
The announcement Monday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would require states to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 was cheered by Bay State environmentalists and Gov. Deval Patrick's administration.
An expansion of the Bay State's bottle bill could land on the November ballot. The expansion would include bottled water, sports drinks and other non-carbonated beverages. An advocate for the expansion of that bottle bill, MassDEP Commissioner David W. Cash, joined NECN for more on the subject.
In what’s being described as one of the most significant steps the federal government has taken in response to global warming, the Obama administration has announced new rules to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent over the next 15 years.
Last month, the Salem Power Plant shut down its coal-fired boilers for good. It was the last of the state’s so-called Filthy Five power plants, targeted by environmentalists for sending tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Now, a similar story may play out across the nation, as the Environmental Protection Agency issues sweeping new guidelines aimed at combatting climate change.
As the Obama administration announces federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants this morning, do states that have already implemented cap-and-trade mechanisms provide a good example for how the rule might work? MassDEP Commissioner David Cash discusses the economic and emissions numbers associated with his state's carbon regulations. He also talks about the behind-the-scenes conversations among states on linking with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, of which Massachusetts is a member.
The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history.
Every May on the heels of Earth Day, we celebrate wetlands and their enormous value in protecting our health, quality of life and property. This is the first in a series of blogs that will explore the importance of wetlands and what the Patrick Administration is doing on many fronts to study, understand and protect them.
AMHERST — Gov. Deval L. Patrick, wearing a red and black robe, used his address to the 144th University of Massachusetts graduating class to stress the imperative for clean energy and climate preparedness, a plan he presented earlier this year.
MassDEP Announces Winners of Public Water Systems Awards in Kickoff to 2014 National Drinking Water Week
MassDEP announced the 35 winners of the annual Public Water Systems Awards, presented each year during National Drinking Water Week, which lasts from May 4-11, 2014 this year. The awards were presented during a ceremony held today at the Sharon Community Center in Sharon.
During his tenure at MassDEP from January 2011 through March 2014, and his earlier tenure as General Counsel at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs from 2007 through 2011, Ken Kimmell demonstrated a stellar record protecting the environment...
MassDEP Commissioner David W. Cash at organics event in Manchester-by-the-Sea Spring 2014
Given its long industrial history and the intense demand for suitable locations for new homes and businesses, Massachusetts needs well-tuned policies that promote the safe redevelopment of polluted properties — and those policies should evolve as science advances.
MassDEP Accomplishment Highlights 2013 file size 6MB
In 2013, MassDEP had another strong year of accomplishments protecting the Commonwealth’s environment and the health of those who live and work here, while at the same time supporting robust economic development in the state.
Earth Day 2014 is Tuesday, April 22. It is an important day in the environmental community, and rightly so. Here at MassDEP we like to say that it’s “Earth Day” each of the 365 days of the year because protecting the environment, public health, and our natural resources and building a clean energy economy is our every day mission and our passion.
President of Lee Water Testing Company Pleads Guilty, Sentenced in Connection with Falsifying Drinking Water Reports
The director of a private water testing laboratory in Lee has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in connection with backdating drinking water sample analyses and for hiding evidence of bacterial contamination, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced today.
A five-fold increase in state inspections has revealed that more than 80 companies and institutions in Massachusetts improperly disposed of a substantial amount of recyclable material on at least one occasion during the past year.
The goals set out by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) are very aggressive: reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Easy to say, but more complicated to do.
Hello, I’m David Cash, the new Commissioner at MassDEP. I am committed to building on the excellent work of Ken Kimmell to advance the agenda at the agency in order to support a healthier and more sustainable place to live in our communities, to raise families, to grow our businesses and to protect the ecosystems upon which we and future generations depend.
How should public utilities commissions navigate the evolving grid and regulatory landscape as utilities transition to a next-generation business model? During today's OnPoint, David Cash, commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, discusses his state's aggressive clean energy agenda and the challenges associated with expanding renewables while maintaining affordable electricity costs for consumers.