Please be advised that MassDEP is extending the deadline for submitting public comments on two regulatory proposals that have been developed as part of the Commissioner’s Regulatory Streamlining Initiative.

Comments about proposed revisions of the Solid Waste Management Facility Regulation (310 CMR 19.000) and the Asbestos Regulation (310 CMR 7.00 and 7.15) will be accepted until 5:00 pm on February 25, 2013 (the comment period was originally scheduled to close on February 8, 2013).




Notice is hereby given that the Department of Environmental Protection, acting in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 111, Sections 142A through 142N; Chapter 111, Section150A, Chapter 21 Sections 26 through 53; Chapter 21A Sections 2, 13, and 16; and Chapter 21C will hold public hearings on proposed amendments to 310 CMR 19.000, and 310 CMR 7.00.

MassDEP is proposing to streamline 310 CMR 19.000 by: 1) streamlining aspects of MassDEP permitting for transfer stations, certain post-closure uses at closed landfills, and management of "Special Wastes" 2) standardizing and expanding the solid waste program's use of third party inspections and reviews at solid waste management facilities; and 3) standardizing certain other program requirements that have traditionally been dealt with in facility permits.

MassDEP is also proposing to revise 310 CMR 7.15 to streamline asbestos abatement work practices, operation and maintenance procedures, and homeowner requirements. These revisions will also align asbestos removal work practice requirements with the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standard's asbestos regulations and make the regulations clearer and more consistent with EPA's asbestos standards contained in its NESHAP by incorporating existing federal requirements. These revisions will benefit property owners, developers, the asbestos abatement industry and the general public by providing regulatory consistency and clarity among the various state and federal agency requirements, and will provide MassDEP with greater flexibility to work with stakeholders to employ cost effective and innovative solutions in asbestos abatement situations where one size fits all approaches are not appropriate. Finally, MassDEP is proposing to exempt homeowners from the requirement to notify the agency ten days in advance of projects that they conduct in their own homes and that involve non-friable asbestos (although the requirements to follow safe work practices and to manage asbestos-containing waste material appropriately would continue to apply). This proposal would provide some regulatory relief to homeowners that has been available in EPA's rule as well as in many other states, and would allow MassDEP to focus compliance resources on larger asbestos projects that present a higher risk to public health if asbestos containing material is mis-managed.

Public hearings will be conducted under the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 30A on:

Monday, January 14, 2013
9:30 a.m.
MassDEP Headquarters
One Winter Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Boston, MA

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
5:00 p.m.
MassDEP Southeast Regional Office
20 Riverside Drive
Lakeville, MA

Thursday, January 17, 2013
5:00 p.m.
MassDEP Central Regional Office
627 Main Street
Worcester, MA

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
5:00 p.m.
MassDEP Northeast Regional Office
205B Lowell Street
Wilmington, MA

Thursday, January 24, 2013
5:00 p.m.
Holyoke Community College
Room KC303
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA

Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the public hearings. Written comments will also be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on February 25, 2013. Written testimony must be submitted to:

Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Prevention
One Winter Street 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Attn: James Doucett

Copies of the proposed regulations and background information are available on MassDEP's web site at Proposed & Recently Promulgated Regulations .

For special accommodations for these events or hearing information in an alternate format, please contact Donald Gomes, DEP's ADA Coordinator at 617-556-1057, BAS/HR, 3rd Floor, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108.

By Order of the Department.
Kenneth Kimmel,