The downloadable and searchable lists of 21e sites and releases are updated weekly.
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 file size 1MB
1/5 - The final gardening BMP policy is now available.
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.
12/8 - The Waste site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for December 17 has been canceled.
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10/31 - MassDEP will be holding a pre-comment discussion meeting on this draft guidance on December 11, 2014, MassDEP, One Winter Street, Boston, 2nd floor, from 9:30 am to noon.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.
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.
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.
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.
10/20 - The final Greener Cleanup Guidance document is now available.
10/15 - There will be a Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, October 23, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
6/17 - The 2014 MCP Amendments become effective Friday, June 20, 2014
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.
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.
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.
3/27 - Five new Trichloroethylene documents are now available:
- TCE Toxicity Information: Implications for Chronic and Shorter-Term Exposure - Fact Sheet
- EPA Trichloroethylene Toxicity Values and ORS Recommendations Regarding Remediation Targets & Timeframes to Address Potential Developmental Risks
August 15, 2014
- Important Information about Trichloroethylene (TCE) in Residential Indoor Air
March 27, 2014
- Important Information about Trichloroethylene (TCE) in Workplace Indoor Air
March 27, 2014
- TCE Imminent Hazard Notice Example
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.
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.
2/19 - The Waste Site Cleanup scanned sites files are once again available.
1/27 - The ShortForms have been updated.
1/27 - Overheads and Meeting Audio from the January 23 Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting are now available.
11/16 - On Tuesday, November 19th at 11:00 AM, registration will open for half the seats for the upcoming MassDEP/LSPA course entitled "PCBs for Environmental Professionals".
10/18 - Registration will open on Wednesday, 10/16/2013, for the course “Demystifying the Audit Process” (# 1472) for 1 “DEP Course” credit. The course is being offered in conjunction with the LSPA Western Massachusetts Committee Quarterly Membership Meeting.
10/4 - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is pleased to announce the publication of the “Similar Soils Provision Guidance” (WSC#-13-500). This policy addresses the very specific application of an MCP provision (310 CMR 40.0032(3)) that allows certain soils to be managed (and re-used) without prior notice to, or approval from, the Department.
9/27 - eDEP is adding features to make your account more secure and easier to manage.
9/20 - The next meeting of the Mass Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act advisory committee will be held on October 23, 2013 at The Buzzards Bay Coalition, 114 Front Street, New Bedford, MA. from 9:00 AM to approximately 12:00 PM. An agenda will be sent out via email prior to the meeting.
9/10 - On Tuesday, September 17th at 1:00 PM, registration will open for half the seats for the upcoming MassDEP/LSPA course entitled "Characterization of #2 Fuel Oil Spills" and registration will open for the remaining 75 of the course seats on Wednesday, September 18th at 11:00 AM. This course is limited to 150 attendees.
7/8 - IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING FEE RATES The Fiscal Year 2014 General Appropriations Act includes provisions requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt emergency regulations to increase existing permit and compliance assurance fees adopted under section 18 of chapter 21A and section 3B of chapter 21E of the General Laws to reflect the increase in the consumer price index (CPI) since 2004, the fiscal year in which most of these fees were last adjusted. In response to this action, many of MassDEP fee rates have increased as of August 8, 2013.
7/17 - There will be a topic-specific discussion on Tuesday July 30 from 2 to 4 pm in MassDEP's Boston office, 2nd floor conference room B to discuss the public comment received on the proposed MCP amendments related to LNAPL and source control.
June Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting and Active Pathway Elimination Measure Discussion
6/20 - There will be a Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, June 27, 2013 which will include a discussion of public comments received on the Active Pathway Elimination Measure proposal.
5/14 - There will be a Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting followed by a Soil Management discussion on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
5/8 - On Tuesday, May 14th at 1:00 PM, registration will open for half the seats for the upcoming MassDEP/LSPA course entitled “Downgradient Property Status”.
4/23 - The next Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013.
3/13 - The next Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
Revised Vapor Intrusion Guidance file size 1MB file size 2MB
3/7 - This document contains revisions made to Appendix I (Indoor Air Threshold Values) and Appendix II (Sub-Slab Soil Gas Screening Values) to reflect revised toxicity values and correct errors. The date and nature of the revisions are indicated by "Revision Notes" that appear on the tables in Appendix I and Appendix II.
3/1 - On Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM registration will open for the upcoming workshop entitled "Siting Renewable Energy on Contaminated Land in Massachusetts"
2/28 - A public hearing draft, hearing notice, and supporting materials for the proposed 2013 MCP revisions are available.
1/23 - This update provides a summary of the available toxicity information for TCE, the status of the MassDEP review of this information, and an appropriate approach to assessing disposal sites during this review period.
1/23 - The latest revision of the ORS Risk Assessment Shortforms and associated documents is now available.
1/23 - On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM, registration will open for the upcoming MassDEP/LSPA course entitled "Downgradient Property Status".
1/16 - On Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM registration will open for one session of the upcoming DEP course entitled "Regulatory Overview of MCP Remediation Waste Management".
1/16 - The next Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013.