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Site List Update

The downloadable and searchable lists of 21e sites and releases are updated weekly.

August 2015

COMM-15-01: Interim Policy on the Re-Use of Soil for Large Reclamation Projects pdf format of Re-Use of Soil for Large Reclamation Projects Policy
doc format of                             Re-Use of Soil for Large Reclamation Projects Policy
8/28 – This Interim Policy describes MassDEP’s site-specific approval process for the reuse of large volumes of soil for the reclamation of sand pits, gravel pits and quarries.

MassDEP/LSPA Training Seminar

8/12 - On Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM, registration will open for half the seats for each of the sessions of the upcoming MassDEP/LSPA course entitled "The Vapor Intrusion Issue and What We Have Learned: An Updated Perspective on Investigating the Pathway, Sampling Techniques and Effective Mitigation Measures". The remaining half of the course seats will be open for registration on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

June 2015

Fact Sheet: Guidance on Sampling and Analysis for 1,4-Dioxane at Disposal Sites Regulated under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan  pdf format of Fact Sheet: 1,4-Dioxane Sampling Guidance
doc format of                             Fact Sheet: 1,4-Dioxane Sampling Guidance

6/26 - This Fact Sheet provides guidance regarding when it is appropriate to sample and analyze for 1,4-dioxane at disposal sites regulated under the MCP, and appropriate analytical methods for meeting analytical Reporting Limits for 1,4-dioxane.

June 25 Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting 

6/4 - There will be a meeting of the Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee on Thursday, June 25 in Boston. 

May 2015

DRAFT Interim Policy on the Re-Use of Soil for Large Reclamation Projects Policy # COMM-15-01  pdf format of DRAFT Soil Re-Use Policy # COMM-15-01
doc format of                             DRAFT Soil Re-Use Policy # COMM-15-01

5/27 - The DRAFT Policy describes an interim approach for obtaining site-specific Department approval for the reclamation of quarries, sand pits and gravel pits using more than 100,000 cubic yards of soil.  The Department seeks your review and comment on this proposal by June 17, 2015.

No Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Meeting on May 21

5/18 - BWSC will not be holding a Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting on May 21.  The next Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for June 17, 2015, 9:30 a.m. at MassDEP, One Winter Street, Boston.

April 2015

Vapor Intrusion Guidance Development Meeting

4/15 - There will be a meeting on the draft Vapor Intrusion Guidance on April 30, 2015, from 9:30 am to noon at MassDEP, One Winter Street, Boston, 2nd floor conference rooms A, B and C.  A list of discussion topics will be sent out ahead of the meeting. Draft guidance document and public comments.

March 2015

MassDEP/LSPA Training Seminar

3/26 - On Tuesday, March 31st at 1:00 PM, registration will open for half the seats for each of the sessions of the upcoming MassDEP/LSPA course entitled "Geothermal / GSHP Application Opportunities under the MCP - A Component or Repurposing of Greener Cleanup Remedies". The remaining half of the course seats will be open for registration on Wednesday, April 1st at 11:00 AM.

February 2015

MassDEP/LSPA Training Seminar

2/25 - On Tuesday, March 3rd at 1:00 PM, registration will open for half the seats for each of the sessions of the upcoming MassDEP/LSPA course entitled "The Vapor Intrusion Issue and What We Have Learned: An Updated Perspective on Investigating the Pathway, Sampling Techniques and Effective Mitigation Measures". The remaining half of the course seats will be open for registration on Wednesday, March 4th at 11:00 AM..

Public Comments on the Draft Vapor Intrusion Guidance pdf format of Public Comments on the Draft Vapor Intrusion Guidance D
file size 2MB

2/11 - These comments are now available. The draft document itself may be found in the October 2014 updates below.

January 2015

January 22 Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting

1/20 - Topics for the January meeting include MCP implementation and soil management updates.

WSC-14-910: Best Management Practices ("BMPS") for Non-Commercial Gardening at Disposal Sites  pdf format of WSC-14-910: BMPS for Non-Commercial Gardening
file size 1MB

1/5 - The final gardening BMP policy is now available.

December 2014

BWSC-NRD-2015-01 Upper Mystic River Restoration: Grant Announcement and Application  pdf format of Upper Mystic River Restoration Grant Application 
doc format of                             Upper Mystic River Restoration Grant Application

MassDEP, as the administrator of the NRD Program, is seeking grant applications for restoration projects in the Upper Mystic River that will restore, replace, and/or acquire the equivalent of natural resources or natural resource services relating to resources and resource services that were injured by the release of No. 2 fuel oil associated with the J.P. Noonan Site in Arlington.

December Advisory Committee Meeting Canceled

12/8 - The Waste site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for December 17 has been canceled.

October 2014

WSC-14-435 Vapor Intrusion Guidance: Public Review Draft  pdf format of WSC-14-435 Vapor Intrusion Guidance:Public Review Draft
file size 2MB

10/31 - MassDEP will be holding a pre-comment discussion meeting on this draft guidance on December 11, 2014, MassDEP, One Winter Street, Boston, 2nd floor, from 9:30 am to noon.  Written comments on this document should be submitted to Gerard.Martin@state.ma.us by February 2, 2015.

MassDEP/LSPA Training Seminar

10/29 - On Wednesday, November 5th at 1:00 PM, registration will open for half the seats for each of the sessions of the upcoming MassDEP/LSPA course entitled "MassDEP Greener Cleanups Under the MCP".  Registration will open for remaining half of the course seats on Thursday, November 6th at 11:00 AM.

MassDEP/LSPA Training Seminar

10/23 - On Wednesday, October 29th at 1:00 PM, registration will open for half the seats for the upcoming MassDEP/LSPA course entitled "MassDEP VPH, EPH and APH Methods Workshop". Registration will open for the remaining half of the course seats on Thursday, October 30th at 11:00 AM.

Reclamation Soil Project Meetings Scheduled

10/21 - Meetings of the Reclamation Soil Project have been scheduled for October 28, November 7, and November 12 (if needed), all at 9:30 AM in the DEP Boston Office.  For additional information, see also the Project Blog.

WSC-14-150 Greener Cleanups Guidance  pdf format of WSC-14-150 Greener Cleanups Guidance
doc format of                             WSC-14-150 Greener Cleanups Guidance

10/20 - The final Greener Cleanup Guidance document is now available.

October 23 Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting

10/15 - There will be a Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Annual Report Natural Resource Damages Program

10/3 - Since 1992, the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, working in cooperation with federal Trustees, has successfully negotiated 20 Natural Resource Damages (NRD) settlements with parties responsible for injuries to natural resources from releases of oil and hazardous substances and materials. This report tells many stories of how the Commonwealth and its partners have involved the public in planning for and implementing restoration and provides highlights of projects completed or underway.

July 2014

Upcoming Guidance Discussion Meetings

7/14 - Two meetings have been scheduled to date to discuss draft guidance documents in support of the recent amendments to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan. The meeting to discuss the Public Review Draft of the Activity and Use Limitation Guidance will be held on July 31.  The meeting to discuss the Public Review Draft of Light Nonaqueous Phase Liquid Guidance will be held on August 12.

June 2014

June 26 Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting

6/23 - There will be a Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, June 26, 2014. This meeting will focus on implementation issues related to the 2014 MCP Amendments. 

2014 Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP)

6/17 - The 2014 MCP Amendments become effective Friday, June 20, 2014

May 2014

May 22 Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting

5/16 - There will be a Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, May 22, 2014, which will include discussion of the 2014 MCP Amendments.

April 2014

Meeting: Soil Management Issues

4/16 - There will be a meeting on April 24 to discuss Soil Management Issues.  This meeting is being held in in lieu of the Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting which had been scheduled for that date. 

Erroneous Version of the MCP Amendments sent by Subscription Service

4/16 - If you are a subscriber to the MA Secretary of State’s regulations subscription service, you may have recently received a notification with the “Subject: MA Regulations Change Notification” that had an attached version of the MCP.  This notice was sent in error.  The version of the MCP attached to this notice is not the amended MCP.  BWSC is still in the process of working with the Secretary of State to finalize the MCP amendments for publication.  In the meantime, an UNOFFICIAL PREVIEW version of the 2014 MCP final amendments is available at the link below.

2014 Massachusetts Contingency Plan Final Amendments UNOFFICIAL VERSIONS

4/4 - Pre-publication versions of the text changes of the final MCP amendments (redline and clean) are now available. 
IMPORTANT NOTE:  these amendments are not yet published or in effect.

March 2014

New TCE Documents Available

3/27 - Five new Trichloroethylene documents are now available:

March 27 Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting

3/20 - There will be a Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, March 27, 2014, which will include discussion of the upcoming MCP Amendments as well as TCE Imminent Hazards Evaluation.

MassDEP/LSPA Training Seminar

3/6 - On Tuesday, March 11th at 1:00 PM, registration will open for half the seats for each session of the upcoming MassDEP/LSPA course entitled "2014 MCP Regulatory Reform Initiative Training" and the remaining half of the course seats will open on Wednesday, March 12th at 11:00 AM. 

February 2014

2/19 - The Waste Site Cleanup scanned sites files are once again available.

January 2014

ShortForms for Human Health Risk Assessment under the MCP

1/27 - The ShortForms have been updated.

January 23 Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting

1/27 - Overheads and Meeting Audio from the January 23 Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting are now available.