Environmental Laws and Regulations

Administered by MassDEP
Activity or IssueApplicable LawsRegulations

Administrative Penalties

MGL c. 21A s. 16 Administrative Penalties ActMassDEP
310 CMR 5.00

Adjudicatory Proceedings / Adjudicatory Appeals & Hearings

MGL c. 30A Administrative Procedures Act;
MGL c. 30 s. 37
MassDEP
310 CMR 1.00
310 CMR 2.00
Air QualityMGL c. 111 s. 2B-2C;
MGL c. 21H;
MGL c. 111 s. 142A-142M Mass. Air Pollution Control Laws
MassDEP
310 CMR 6.00
310 CMR 7.00
310 CMR 8.00

Asbestos Abatement and Disposal

MGL c.111 s. 142A-142E & 150A-150B;
MGL c. 111F;
MGL c. 21E;
MGL c. 149 s. 6A-G;
MGL c. 111 s. 2
MassDEP
310 CMR 7.15
310 CMR 19.00
310 CMR 22.00
310 CMR 33.00
310 CMR 40.0000

Other Agencies
453 CMR 6.00 DOL
105 CMR 410.353 DPH
Bottle BillMGL c. 94 s. 321-326;
MGL c. 21A s. 2
MassDEP
301 CMR 4.00
Climate ChangeMGL c. 21N Global Warming Solutions ActMassDEP
 
Coastal Development or UseMGL c. 91;
MGL c. 6A s. 2-7
MGL c. 21A, s. 4A
MassDEP
310 CMR 9.00

Other Agencies
301 CMR 20.00 to 24.00 CZM

Construction/ Demolition - see also Asbestos

MGL c.111 s. 142A-142E & 150A-150B;
MGL c. 21E
MassDEP
310 CMR 7.09
310 CMR 40.0000

Dredging and Filling - Wetlands and Waterways

MGL c. 21 s. 26-35MassDEP
310 CMR 9.00
Drinking WaterMGL c. 13; MGL c. 21A;
MGL c. 30A; MGL c. 40;
MGL c. 111; MGL c. 112;
MGL c. 140;
MGL c. 162;
MGL c. 165;
MGL c. 286
many sections
MassDEP
236 CMR 2.00 to 5.00
310 CMR 21.00
310 CMR 22.00
310 CMR 27.00
310 CMR 28.00
Emergency Response/ Spill ReportingMGL c. 21E
State Superfund Law
MassDEP
310 CMR 40.0000

Environmental Analysis Laboratories

MGL c. 21 s. 27;
MGL c. 21A s. 2;
MGL c. 21C s. 4;
MGL c. 21E s. 3;
MGL c. 111 s. 142A-S & 150A-160
MassDEP
310 CMR 42.00

Environmental Results Program

MGL c. 21 s. 26-43;
MGL c. 21C;
MGL c 21E;
MGL 111 s. 142A-J

MassDEP
310 CMR 70.00
310 CMR 71.00
310 CMR 72.00
310 CMR 73.00
310 CMR 74.00
310 CMR 75.00
310 CMR 76.00

Hazardous Substances Disclosure

MGL c.111F310 CMR 33.00

Hazardous Waste Facility Siting

MGL c. 21D;
MGL c. 40 s. 9;
MGL c. 16 s. 19;
MGL c.111 s. 150B
MassDEP
310 CMR 30.000

Other Agencies
990 CMR 1.00 to 16.00 HWF

Hazardous Waste Mgmt./Transportation

MGL c. 21C
Mass. Haz. Waste Mgmt. Act
MassDEP
310 CMR 30.000

Hazardous Waste Site Assessment/Cleanup

MGL c. 21E
State Superfund Law
MassDEP
310 CMR 40.0000

Industrial Wastewater Holding Tanks

MGL c. 21 s. 26-53 Mass. Clean Waters ActMassDEP
314 CMR 18.00

Industrial Wastewater Pretreatment

MGL c. 21 s. 26-53
Mass. Clean Waters Act
MassDEP
314 CMR 12.00
Mercury Management ActMGL c. 21C s. 4&6; & MGL c. 21H s.6C, 6J & 6NMassDEP
310 CMR 74.00
310 CMR 75.00
310 CMR 76.00

Motor Vehicle Inspection & Maintenance

MGL c. 210, Acts of 1997; MGL c. 21H s. 2; MGL c. 111 s. 142MMassDEP
310 CMR 60.00

Oil Spill Act

M.G.L. c. 21MMassDEP
314 CMR 19.00

Permitting Timelines/Fees

MGL c. 21A s. 18 Timely Action Schedule & Fee Provisions;
MGL c. 21 s. 34A;
MGL c. 21C s. 7;
MGL c. 21E s. 3B;
MGL c. 21I;
MGL c. 91 s. 18, 21 & 22;
MGL c. 131 s. 40
MassDEP
310 CMR 4.00
310 CMR 9.00
310 CMR 21.00
310 CMR 50.53


Other Agencies
301 CMR 40.00 - EOEEA
801 CMR 4.02 A&F
801 CMR 4.07 A&F

Recycling Industries Reimbursement Credit RIRC

 MassDEP
310 CMR 17.00

Sewer Connections

MGL c. 21, s. 43MassDEP
314 CMR 7.00

Solid Waste Facilities/Management

MGL c. 21H; MGL c. 111 s. 150A-150A 1/2MassDEP
310 CMR 16.00
310 CMR 19.000

State Revolving Fund

MGL c. 29C
MGL c. 78, Acts of 1998
MassDEP
310 CMR 44.00
310 CMR 45.00

Title 5 - Subsurface Sewage Disposal

MGL c. 21A s. 13 State Environmental CodeMassDEP
310 CMR 15.00

Toxics Use Reduction

MGL c. 21I s. 3 & 10-12 Toxics Use Reduction ActMassDEP
310 CMR 50.00

Underground Storage Tanks, Standards for Installation, Design Operation & Maintenance

Transferred some authorities over USTs from DFS 7/1/09

MGL. C. 21OMassDEP
527 CMR 5.00
527 CMR 9.00  State Fire Code
Underground Storage Tanks, LeakingMGL c. 21E
State Superfund Law
MassDEP
310 CMR 40.0000

Water Pollution Control

MGL c. 21 s. 26-53
Mass. Clean Waters Act
MassDEP
257 CMR 2.00
314 CMR 1.00 - 15.00
314 CMR 4.00
314 CMR 9.00

Water Use, Large-Scale -Water Management Act

MGL c. 21G
Water Management Act
MassDEP
310 CMR 36.00

Other Agencies
313 CMR 2.00, 4.00 & 5.00 - DCR

Waterways Licensing

MGL c. 91 Public Waterfront ActMassDEP
310 CMR 9.00

Well Drillers - transferred from DCR 10/1/09

MGL c. 21G s. 20MassDEP
310 CMR 46.00

Wetlands

MGL c. 131 s. 40 Wetlands Protection Act
MGL c. 258, Acts of 1996 Rivers Protection Act

MassDEP
310 CMR 10.00
310 CMR 12.00
310 CMR 13.00
310 CMR 23.00

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Laws and Regulations Administered by Other Agencies

Activity or Issue and Agency - see legendApplicable LawsRegulations

Above-Ground Storage Tanks, Installation

DPS

MGL c. 146, s. 22;
MGL c.148, s. 37
520 CMR 12.00

Areas of Critical Environmental Concern

DCR

MGL c. 21A s. 27;
St. 1974, c. 806 s. 40e
301 CMR 12.00

Archeology

MHC

MGL c. 9 s. 26 to 27C950 CMR 70.00

Curb Cuts

MHD
DCR when applicable

MGL c. 81 s. 21301 CMR 11.00

Dam Safety

DCR

MGL c. 253, s. 44302 CMR 10.00

Endangered Species Natural Heritage Program

DFG

MGL c. 131 s. 23321 CMR 10.00

Environmental Notification Forms/Impact Reports

EOEEA

MGL c. 30 s. 61-62H
Mass. Environmental Policy Act [MEPA]
301 CMR 11.00

Food & Agriculture -Department of Agricultural Resources, includes Animal Health, Dairying & Land Use

DAR

Multiple laws apply. Search the MGL site330 CMR 3.00 - 28.00
331 CMR 7.00

Hazardous Substance Labeling

DPH

MGL c. 94B
Mass. Hazardous Substance Labeling Law
105 CMR 650.00

Historic Preservation

MHC

MGL c. 9 s. 26-27C950 CMR 71.00

Hunting & Fishing

DFG

MGL c. 131 many sections;
MGL c. 30A s. 5
321 CMR 2.00 to 4.00

Licensed Site Professionals

LSPB

MGL c. 21A s. 19-19J309 CMR 1.00 to 8.00

Marine Fisheries

DFG

MGL c. 130
many sections
322 CMR 1.00 to 12.00

Medical Waste

DPH

MGL c. 111 s. 127A
State Sanitary Code
105 CMR 480.00

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

MWRA

St. 1984, 1987 and 1991 many sections360 CMR 1.00 to 12.00

Pesticide Use

DAR

MGL c. 132B Pesticide Control Act
Chapter 85 of the Acts of 2000 Children's and Families' Protection Act
333 CMR 1.00 to 12.00

Quabbin and Wachusett Watershed Protection

DCR

MGL c. 92A 1/2350 CMR 11.00

Right-to-Know

DPH
DEP
DOL

MGL c. 111F Hazardous Substances Disclosure by Employers Act;
MGL c. 6A s. 18
105 CMR 670.00
310 CMR 33.00
454 CMR 21.00

Tree Harvesting

DCR

MGL c. 132 s. 40 to 46304 CMR 11.00

Underground Storage Tanks, Installation & Maintenance

DFS

MGL c. 148 Mass. Fire Prevention Law527 CMR 4.00 & 9.00 State Fire Code

Water Resources Commission WRC

WRC

MGL c. 21, 21A, 30A
many sections
313 CMR 2.00 to 5.00

Matrix Legend:
MGL= Massachusetts General Laws 
St.= Statute of the Acts & Resolves
c.= Chapter
s.= Section
BOH= Municipal Board of Health
CMR= Code of Massachusetts Regulations
CC= Municipal Conservation Commission
CZM= Office of Coastal Zone Management
DAR= Department of Agricultural Resources
DCR= Department of Conservation & Recreation
MassDEP= Department of Environmental Protection
DFG= Department of Fish & Game
DFS= Department of Fire Services
DOL= Department of Labor & Workforce Development
DPH= Department of Public Health
DPS= Department of Public Safety
EOEEA= Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
FD= Municipal Fire Department
HWF= Hazardous Waste Facility Site Safety Council
LSPB= Licensed Site Professional Board
MHC= Massachusetts Historical Commission
MHD= Massachusetts Highway Department
MWRA= Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
RMV= Registry of Motor Vehicles