Permit Fact Sheet
- What is the purpose of this approval?
This approval authorizes and sets conditions for persons intending to conduct treatability studies using samples of hazardous waste generated on-site or collected from off-site. Treatability studies are conducted to obtain engineering and economic evaluations of treatment processes and equipment. Treatability studies also include toxicological and health effects studies and studies of a hazardous waste's compatibility with liners or storage material. The operation of treatment equipment or processes proven to be effective on a specific waste will help prevent
the discharge of hazardous waste to the environment. Legislative authority for these permits is stated in MGL Chapter 21C, sections 4 and 6. Regulatory authority is found at 310 CMR 30.104(3)(b) and 30.104(3)(c).
- Who must apply?
Any one wishing to conduct a treatability study must apply for this permit. The types of firms that typically apply include manufacturers of treatment equipment, facilities that treat, store or dispose of hazardous waste, laboratories, consulting engineering and research companies, and universities.
- What other requirements should be considered when applying for this approval?
a. What prerequisites should be considered before applying for this approval?
Important: The applicant should call 617-292-5580 and request a meeting for guidance in preparing the application.
b. What concurrent applications are related to this approval?
Depending on the treatment process or equipment, additional permits or approvals may be required from MassDEP or local authorities. For example, air or water permits may be required if the treatment involves potential discharges to the environment.
- What is the application fee?
The application fee is $2,195
- What is the Primary Permit Location? What is the Reserve Copy Location?
PRIMARY PERMIT LOCATION (original and copies)
Department of Environmental Protection None
One Winter Street 8th. floor
Boston, MA 02108
Attention: Permits Administrator
RESERVE COPY LOCATION
- What are the timelines?
See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
- What is the annual compliance fee?
There is no annual compliance fee for this approval.
- How long is this approval in effect?
The Department issues an approval letter and the approval remains in effect until the laboratory or testing facility notifies the Department by letter that it is no longer conducting treatability studies. If a new location is proposed, a new application and approval is required. Contact the Department regarding any proposed changes to the approved treatability approval to determine if a new approval is needed.
- How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this approval?
a. The applicant should be sure to obtain an up-to-date edition of the Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (310 CMR 30.000). The provisions governing treatability studies (310 CMR 30.104(3)(b) and
30.104(3)(c)) should be reviewed carefully.
b. The applicant should request a meeting before the applicant begins to prepare the application. Contact the Department at (617) 292-5580.
c. The applicant should follow MassDEP's Treatability Studies Application Checklist, which is attached to this application kit.
d. Submit the fee and one page of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to: Department of Environmental Protection, P. O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211.
- What are the regulations that apply to this approval? Where can I get copies?
These regulations include, but are not limited to:
a. Hazardous Waste Regulations, 310 CMR 30.000.
b. Timely Action and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.
c. Administrative Penalty Regulations, 310 CMR 5.00.
These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore