Introduction

If you have a spill of oil or hazardous material please call MassDEP's 24-hour emergency response notification line at 888-304-1133.

Dealing with a spill or contamination problem on your property can be particularly difficult and stressful for homeowners. Understanding the rules, learning all the new terms and procedures, and working through the system can be overwhelming at times. The following series of explanations, guidelines, recommendations, and tips are provided to help you through the process of preventing and cleaning up spills on your property.

Guidance Documents

Homeowner Oil Spill Cleanup Guide pdf format of    Homeowner Oil Spill Cleanup Guide  doc format of Homeowner Oil Spill Cleanup Guide

The Homeowner Oil Spill Cleanup Guide is designed to offer homeowners guidance on reporting a spill, cleaning up a spill, hiring a Licensed Site Professional, understanding the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, and streamlining cleanup.

Homeowner Oil Heating System Upgrade and Insurance Law pdf format of    Homeowner Oil Heating System Upgrade and Insurance Law  | Web page

Prevention - Worth Many Pounds of Cure!

This web page offers preventative ideas about some common homeowner problems including fuel oil storage tanks, septic systems and asbestos.

Tips For Maintaining Your Home Heating System: Prevent Heating Oil Leaks and Spills pdf format of    Prevent Heating Oil Leaks and Spills  doc format of Prevent Heating Oil Leaks and Spills | Web page  

Dealing with a Spill/Contamination at Your Home or Business

A Massachusetts Property Owner's Guide to Hiring a Licensed Site Professional

Heating Oil Delivery Lines - a Homeowners' Guide to Preventing Leaks pdf format of    Heating Oil Delivery Lines: Guide to Preventing Leaks  doc format of Heating Oil Delivery Lines: Guide to Preventing Leaks | Web page

Removing Your Underground Heating Oil Tank - A Homeowner's Guide pdf format of    Removing Your Underground Heating Oil Tank  doc format of Removing Your Underground Heating Oil Tank | Web page

Risk Communication Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet: Site Contamination and Health Concerns

Fact Sheet: Indoor Air Sampling

Fact Sheet: Soil Gas Sampling

Fact Sheet: Soil Sampling

Fact Sheet: Water Sampling

Homeowner's Certification Form

Homeowner's Certification Form: BWSC 120 pdf format of    BWSC120 Homeowner Certification Form

Some homeowners qualify for reduced permit and annual compliance fees. Qualifying homeowners must submit a certification on a MassDEP approved form to realize the reduction in fees.

Policies

UST Closure Assessment Manual, WCS #402-96 pdf format of    WSC-402-96 UST Closure Assessment Manual  doc format of WSC-402-96 UST Closure Assessment Manual

This policy is intended to provide guidance on how to fulfill the requirement to measure for the presence of contamination at the time of a closure of an underground storage tank, pursuant to the Massachusetts Fire Prevention Regulations, 527 CMR 9.00.

DRAFT Assessing Contamination at Residential Underground Heating Oil Tank Closures pdf format of    Assessing Contamination at Residential UST Closures  doc format of Assessing Contamination at Residential UST Closures

This draft policy provides guidance about discovering contamination and cleaning up underground storage tank sites.

Other MassDEP Homeowner Information

Links to information about asbestos, lead, and septic systems.

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