Ongoing

Site List Update

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

October

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 FY2013 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

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7/14 - Two meetings have been scheduled to date to discuss draft guidance documents in support of the recent amendments to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan.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

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

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

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.

November 2013

MassDEP/LSPA Training Seminar

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".

October 2013

MassDEP/LSPA Training Seminar

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.

WSC#13-500: Similar Soils Provision Guidance pdf format of WSC#13-500: Similar Soils Provision Guidance
doc format of WSC#13-500: Similar Soils Provision Guidance

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.  

September 2013

eDEP Security Changes

9/27 - eDEP is adding features to make your account more secure and easier to manage.

Oil Spill Act Advisory Committee Meeting

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.  

MassDEP / LSPA Training Seminar

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.

August 2013

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. 

July 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 2013

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.

May 2013

May Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting and Soil Management Discussion

5/14 - There will be a Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting followed by a Soil Management discussion on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

MassDEP / LSPA Training Seminar

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”.

April 2013

April Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting

4/23 - The next Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

March 2013

March Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting

3/13 - The next Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Revised Vapor Intrusion Guidance pdf format of WSC-11-435 Interim Final Vapor Intrusion Guidance
file size 1MB doc format of WSC-11-435 Interim Final Vapor Intrusion Guidance 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.

MassDEP / LSPA Training Seminar

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"

February 2013

Proposed Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) Amendments

2/28 - A public hearing draft, hearing notice, and supporting materials for the proposed 2013 MCP revisions are available.

January 2013

Trichloroethylene (TCE) Status Update pdf format of TCE Toxicity Information Fact Sheet
doc format of TCE Toxicity Information Fact Sheet

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.

Shortforms for Human Health Risk Assessment under the MCP zip format of MCP ShortForms
file size 1MB
 Shortforms Users Guide pdf format of Users Guide MCP ShortForms
doc format of Users Guide MCP ShortForms

1/23 - The latest revision of the ORS Risk Assessment Shortforms and associated documents is now available.

MassDEP / LSPA Training Seminar

1/23 - On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM, registration will open for the upcoming MassDEP/LSPA course entitled "Downgradient Property Status".

MassDEP / LSPA Training Seminar

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".

January Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting

1/16 - The next Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013.