1. Instructions: BWP SW 12, 23, 24, 25 doc format of Landfill Assessment & Closure Instructions
pdf format of                             Landfill Assessment & Closure Form & Instructions

  2. Form: BWP SW 12, 23, 24, 25 doc format of Landfill Assessment & Closure Form
pdf format of                             Landfill Assessment & Closure Form

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment

Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of these approvals?

    These approvals are intended to protect public health, safety and the environment by monitoring the level of contamination emanating from a solid waste landfill, and determining a baseline from which closure alternatives can be evaluated, selected, designed and implemented. Assessment of a landfill helps to insure that the closure technology implemented on the landfill will result in remediation of the site and prevent the spread of such contamination.

    Initial Site Assessment

    The Initial Site Assessment (ISA) provides an overview of the site and its present and historic uses. The Scope of Work for the Comprehensive Site Assessment (SOW/CSA) is the proposal for site monitoring and evaluation activities which will be carried out during the Comprehensive Site Assessment (CSA). The ISA/SOW process takes approximately two to four months and requires an approval by MassDEP prior to implementing the Comprehensive Site Assessment.

    Comprehensive Site Assessment

    The Comprehensive Site Assessment is the phase in which field investigation is carried out at the site. If not already present on site, monitoring wells are installed and groundwater, surface water, soils and sediment are sampled for a one - year period. Air quality is also monitored for potential release of methane and volatile organic compounds. Data is summarized through a qualitative risk assessment which determines the extent of the scope of the next two steps of the assessment process.

    Corrective Actions Alternative Analysis

    The Corrective Actions Alternative Analysis is conducted to determine the nature of the cap and any additional remediation measures which will be needed to properly close the sanitary landfill.

    Corrective Action Design

    The Corrective Action Design is the final phase of the assessment process in which the landfill cap and any additional remediation measures are designed.

    Legislative authority for this permit is stated in MGL c. 21A, ss. 2 and 8, c. 111, s. 150A and the Acts of 1987, c. 584. Regulations promulgated pursuant to these laws are codified in 310 CMR 19.000, Solid Waste Management Regulations, specifically 310 CMR 19.150, Landfill Assessment Requirements.

  2. Who must apply?

    Any individual, business or organization that intends to close a solid waste landfill as defined by 310 CMR 19.150 must apply for this permit. Additionally, a landfill assessment is required when:
    • monitoring indicates that ground or surface water parameters exceed limits as specified in 310 CMR 19.132(1)(j);
    • when explosive gases exceed concentrations as specified in 310 CMR 19.132(4)(g);
    • where a secondary leachate collection system or leak detection system exceeds its design leakage, as specified in 310 CMR 19.132(2);
    • such other times as MassDEP determines that the landfill presents a threat to public health, safety or the environment.

  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for this permit?
    • There may be Air Quality, Wetlands and Water Pollution permits required prior to the construction of closure alternatives.
    • Applicant should consult with MassDEP to identify the sequencing of such approvals as determined on a site by site basis.

Note: Permits of this type will often require MEPA review. Please carefully examine 301 CMR 11.00, the MEPA Regulations, to determine if your project exceeds the MEPA review thresholds, or for more information contact the MEPA Unit of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02202; (617-727-5830). MassDEP cannot complete technical review of the permit application until the MEPA process has been concluded. Copies of MEPA filings should be sent to the appropriate program offices in Boston and the MEPA Coordinator in the appropriate Regional Office.

Note: These additional requirements are intended to serve as a guide to the applicant. It does not necessarily include all requirements.

  1. What is the application fee?

    See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule  pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule

  2. What is the Primary Permit Location? What is the Reserve Copy Location?

    Primary Permit Location:                                          Reserve Copy Location:
    Department of Environmental Protection              Not required.
    __________* Regional Office
    Solid Waste Management

    Find Your Region

  3. Where can I get a copy of the timelines?

    See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule  pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule

  4. What is the annual compliance fee?

    See: Annual Compliance Assurance Fees  pdf format of Annual Compliance Assurance Fees

  5. How long are these approvals in effect?

    These are approvals of the initial site assessment, comprehensive site assessment, corrective actions alternatives analysis and corrective action design activities and therefore there is no expiration date.

  6. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for these approvals?
    1. The Division of Solid Waste Management's Landfill Assessment and Cleanup Program has specific technical guidance which should be used to develop the submission for each permit application. The following guidance document is available from MassDEP InfoLine:

      Landfill Assessment and Closure Guidance Manual
      Revised September 1993
    2. Each of these permits is sequential beginning with BWP SW 12 followed by BWP SW 23, BWP SW 24 and BWP SW 25. Approval of each must be obtained prior to proceeding to the next permit unless MassDEP specifically allows for a variation of this requirement.
    3. Submit fee and one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form http://mass.gov/dep/service/online/trasmfrm.shtml

      to: Department of Environmental Protection, P. O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211.

  1. What are the regulations that apply to these approvals? Where can I get copies?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:
    1. Solid Waste Management Regulations, 310 CMR 19.000
    2. Timely Action Schedule and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.

  These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore