MassDEP Seeks Comment on Proposed Wetland, Waterways & Wastewater Regulatory Reform
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has released for public comment proposed amendments to agency regulations that deal with wetlands, waterways and water quality certifications, as well as wastewater-related changes to state-issued permits, operation standards for sewer treatment works, and Title 5 state approvals.
The comment period is open until 5 p.m. on May 31, 2013. An informational session to explain the regulatory changes is set for Monday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MassDEP's offices, 1 Winter St., in Boston.
The proposed amendments are part of MassDEP's Regulatory Reform Initiative, which aims to make environmental regulation more efficient while maintaining high standards for the protection of public health and the environment.
The amendments proposed now will eliminate unnecessary permits, exempt certain Wetlands Protection Act filing requirements, modify some wastewater treatment plant operator requirements, and streamline a host of regulations involving such things as Chapter 91 licenses, ecological restoration projects, wetlands protection and stormwater management structures, and Title 5 reviews.
"This proposal contains ideas that both stakeholders and MassDEP staff have generated to make our regulations reflect the most efficient, protective process possible," said MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell. "The result will be less process, more environmental protection, and a freeing up of limited agency resources to focus on its priorities for oversight, technical assistance and enforcement."
The proposed regulations and background information are available on MassDEP's web site at: www.mass.gov/dep/water/approvals/2012 rr.htm
Comments on the proposed regulatory reforms may be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments can also be mailed to: MassDEP, One Winter Street, 5th Floor - Regulatory Comment Box, Boston, MA 02108.
The proposed amendments are among several packages of regulatory changes undertaken as part of MassDEP's Regulatory Reform Initiative. More information on the initiative (including a complete list of all of the projects that are part of the initiative) can be found at: 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.