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.

Food Scraps
November 4, 2014

Food Waste to Fuel: Less Waste = Less Excess Warming?

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?

October 20, 2014

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.

October 9, 2014

Gardner Ale House Lauded for Commercial Food Waste Ban Compliance

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...

October 8, 2014

Wrentham company reaping benefits of mandated food waste recycling

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.

October 7, 2014

Making Gold From Garbage

Across Massachusetts, there are an estimated 1,700 locations – colleges, hotels, hospitals, and others – that each generate 2,000 pounds a week, or a ton each, of food waste.
October 7, 2014

State implements food-waste ban

This is a Bay State ban, but so far there are few complaints.

October 7, 2014

Commercial food waste ban rolled out in Massachusetts

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.

October 2, 2014

Food waste takes turn for the better in state

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.

September 19, 2014

Massachusetts Promotes Electric Vehicles in Three-City Tour

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...

September 19, 2014

New Bedford Hosts U.S. EPA Head Gina McCarthy at Superfund Site Turned Solar Park doc format of New Bedford Hosts U.S. EPA Head Gina McCarthy

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) Link to the image file. was officially commissioned on the site of one of the country's most high-profile “Superfund” hazardous waste sites.

Electric Vehicle
September 18, 2014

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

The Guardian
September 9, 2014

Banning food waste: companies in Massachusetts get ready to compost

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 testifies in support of EPA’s Clean Power Plan in Washington, D.C on July 30, 2014
July 30, 2014

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.

July 30, 2014

Patrick Administration's Testimony on EPA's Clean Power Plan pdf format of Testimony on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

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.

July 23, 2014

Commissioner Cash Testimony to the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy

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.

July 18, 2014

The Cultural Connector Sets Sail from Boston’s Fan Pier

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

July 10, 2014

Water rules sensible, balanced

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.

Storm Cloud
July 8, 2014

ECOS Innovations Awards Nomination: The Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition (CMRSWC) doc format of ECOS Innovations Awards Nomination

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.

June 21, 2014

Local, state officials hail solar, with latest array in Chatham

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.

June 21, 2014

DEP praises state solar energy initiative in Pittsfield

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.

June 20, 2014

Summer Solstice Solar Tour 2014

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.

June 20, 2014

State officials kickoff tour in Chatham to celebrate solar energy projects

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.

June 20, 2014

State: Pittsfield A Leader In Solar Energy

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.

June 20, 2014

Solar Energy Farms Cutting Energy Costs In Several Towns

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.

June 20, 2014

Solar Panels at Broad Meadow Brook

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

June 2, 2014

Massachusetts Leads the Way in Growing the Economy While Cutting Carbon Emissions

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.

June 10, 2014

In Some States, Emissions Cuts Defy Skeptics

Massachusetts is one of at least 10 states to have already met President Obama’s goal of cutting emissions from the electricity industry by at least 30 %  by 2030. In New England, a region that has made some of the biggest cuts in emissions, residential electricity bills fell 7 % from 2005 to 2012, adjusted for inflation; and economic growth ran slightly ahead of the national average.

June 3, 2014

Pollution cuts: Massachusetts way ahead on clean energy

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.

June 3, 2014

Advocate for bottle bill: Expansion would increase recycling rates

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.

June 2, 2014

To Implement New EPA Rules, Nation Can Learn From Mass. Model

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.

June 2, 2014

The Local Impact Of The President's Plan To Cut Greenhouse Gases

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.

June 2, 2014

Mass. environment Commissioner Cash talks economic impacts of EPA climate rule

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.

June 2, 2014

EPA Seeks 30 Percent Cut In Power Plant Emissions

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.

May 23, 2014

May is Wetlands Month

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.

May 9, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick stresses clean energy imperative during UMass commencement address

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.

May 6, 2014

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.

Ken Kimmell
April 22, 2014

Saluting the First Ira Leighton "In Service to States" Annual Award Recipient: Ken Kimmell

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...

April 14, 2014

Video: Manchester-by-the-Sea Organics Event

MassDEP Commissioner David W. Cash at organics event in Manchester-by-the-Sea Spring 2014

The Boston Globe
April 14, 2014

Redevelop brownfields safely — new state rules will help

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.

Accomplishment Highlights 2013
April 9, 2014

MassDEP Accomplishment Highlights 2013 pdf format of MassDEP Accomplishment Highlights 2013
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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.

April 9, 2014

MassDEP Celebrates "Earth Month" 2014

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.

Attorney General
April 1, 2014

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.

The Boston Globe
March 27, 2014

Companies cited for recyclables in the trash

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.

March 4, 2014

The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Revolution Has Begun

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.

March 26, 2014

Commissioner Cash Outlines MassDEP Priorities

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.

March 11, 2014

Mass. PUC's Cash discusses state's action on solar, wind development

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.