MassDEP Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Solid Waste Management, Asbestos Air Quality Regulation Reforms
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will hold public hearings starting next week on the first two of 21 proposals to streamline and reform its regulations. The first two draft regulations would modify the Solid Waste Management Facility regulations and the asbestos requirements contained in the Air Quality regulations.
These proposals are among several that are being undertaken to strategically manage the budget cuts MassDEP has suffered in recent years and to expand upon the successful efforts launched by MassDEP in 2007 to streamline certain permitting and appeals processes.
The public hearings are scheduled for:
- Monday, Jan. 14 at 9:30 a.m. - MassDEP Headquarters, 1 Winter St., Boston
- Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. - MassDEP Southeast Regional Office, 20 Riverside Dr., Lakeville
- Thursday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. - MassDEP Central Regional Office, 627 Main St., Worcester
- Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. - MassDEP Northeast Regional Office, 205B Lowell St., Wilmington
- Thursday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. - Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke
The proposed changes to the Solid Waste regulations would: streamline aspects of MassDEP permitting for transfer stations, certain post-closure uses at closed landfills, and management of "Special Wastes"; standardize and expand the use of third-party inspections and reviews at solid waste management facilities; and standardize certain other requirements that have traditionally been dealt with in facility permits. The proposed regulations and background information are available on MassDEP's web site at: Proposed & Recently Promulgated Regulations
The proposed changes to the Air Quality regulations would streamline asbestos abatement work practices, operation and maintenance procedures, and homeowner requirements. These revisions would also align asbestos removal work practice requirements with those of the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards and make the regulations clearer and more consistent with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's asbestos standards. Under these revisions, MassDEP is proposing to exempt owners of single-family homes that they occupy from the requirement to notify the agency 10 days in advance of projects that they conduct in their own homes and that involve only non-friable asbestos. The proposed regulations are available on the MassDEP website at:Proposed & Recently Promulgated Regulations
The public comment period for both sets of regulations will be open until Friday, February 8, 2013 at 5 p.m. Comments on the proposed amendments may be e-mailed to: email@example.com or mailed to: James Doucett, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waste Prevention, 1 Winter St., Boston, MA 02108.
For more information on MassDEP's Regulatory Reform Initiative (including a complete list of all of the projects that are part of the initiative), turn to: MassDEP Regulatory Reform Initiative
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.