For Immediate Release - July 31, 2013

MassDEP to Hold Hearings in Berkshire County on Proposed Hazardous Waste Regulation Changes

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will conduct two public hearings to record public comment in Berkshire County on Thursday, August 1, 2013, concerning a proposed regulation revision of MassDEP's hazardous waste regulations. A third hearing will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2013.

The proposed revision will prohibit hazardous waste facilities from being located within an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), or adjacent to or in close proximity to an ACEC, where that location would fail to protect the outstanding natural resources of the ACEC.

While MassDEP's solid waste regulations prohibit locating solid waste management facilities within an ACEC or adjacent to an ACEC, MassDEP's hazardous waste regulations do not contain a similar prohibition with respect to hazardous waste facilities. This proposed regulation revision is intended to fill this gap by imposing a similar prohibition with respect to hazardous waste facilities in or adjacent to an ACEC.

Berkshire County Public Hearing(s):
August 1, 2013, at 10 a.m. - Lenox Library Gallery, Lenox, MA
August 1, 2013, at 6 p.m. - Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, MA
August 8, 2013, at 10 a.m. - MassDEP Offices, 436 Dwight St., Room B42, Springfield, MA

The public comment period ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 23, 2013. Comments on the draft regulations and guidance should be sent via email to: john.fischer@state.ma.us or in hard copy to John Fischer, MassDEP, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108.

Additional information regarding the proposed changes and public hearings is available at the following web site: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/news/comment/proposed-acec-hazardous-waste-amendments.html

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.