MassDEP is conducting a thorough assessment of all of our regulations in accordance with Governor Baker’s Executive Order 562 and has reviewed more than 95 regulations. 
 


Latest Updates

10/31/16: MassDEP’s October 2016 Regulatory Review Update on Executive Order 562  pdf format of October 2016 Regulatory Review Update on EO 562
 

4/6/16: MassDEP Executive Order 562 Summary Update on Regulatory Recommendations  pdf format of MassDEP EO 562 Update on Regulatory Recommendations

3/31/16: Regulatory Review Update Letter to Stakeholders from Kristen Lepore, Secretary, Executive Office for Administration and Finance

3/9/16: Check our Public Hearings and Comment page for the latest regulation amendments. 

12/4/15: See public comment submitted for Energy and Environmental Affairs (updates are ongoing)
 


Initial Assessment

During the initial assessment we considered a number of issues for each regulation, including:

  • Purpose/necessity of the regulation
  • Whether the regulation was reviewed/amended during recent regulatory reform initiatives
  • Year of most recent review
  • Whether the regulation is required by state or federal law
  • Reporting requirements associated with the regulation
  • Consistency with federal requirements (whether the requirements are more stringent)

Recommended Regulatory Changes

MassDEP Executive Order 562 Summary Preliminary Regulatory Recommendations  doc format of Executive Order 562 Summary


MassDEP Work Plan

Download MassDEP's Work Plan for Executive Order 562 doc format of MassDEP Work Plan for Executive Order 562

Listening Sessions

Summaries of the sessions:

Western Region Public Listening Session - Springfield Central Library doc format of Summary Executive Order 562 Western Region

Central Region Public Listening Session - MassDEP Worcester doc format of Summary Executive Order 562 Central Region

Boston Public Listening Session - MassDEP Boston doc format of Summary Executive Order 562 Boston

Sessions dates and presentation: To inform our review and decision making, MassDEP held three general listening sessions on:

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. – MassDEP’s Central Regional Office, Suasco Conference Room, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester.
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. – Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield.
  • Thursday, October 1, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. – MassDEP’s Boston headquarters, Conference Rooms A, B &C, second floor, 1 Winter Street, Boston.

Please See: Executive Order 562 Listening Sessions Presentation  pdf format of Executive Order 562 Listening Sessions Presentation

Public Comment Received

See public comment submitted for Energy and Environmental Affairs
Important Note:
We are still in the process of posting comments received, so please check back. Thank you.
 

For More Information

On March 31, 2015, Governor Baker issued Executive Order #562 commissioning a complete and comprehensive review of all existing Executive Branch regulations. Since issuing the executive order, state agencies across the Commonwealth have collaborated to begin this project with a goal of establishing a regulatory code that speaks using one voice with the people of the Commonwealth. In addition to coordinating within state government, the Baker-Polito Administration is calling on the public to give us your feedback on state regulations. A Clearer Code: Regulatory Review is a central website for information and updates on the regulatory review project where you are able to:

  • Submit written comments on specific regulations or on the existing regulatory climate in general
  • View public comments submitted by others 
  • Find the schedule for all public listening sessions
  • Find the compiled Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR)