• Massachusetts NRD Program

    Designated by the Governor, the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has the authority under state and federal environmental statutes to bring an action or claim for liability against a responsible party for natural resource damages resulting from a release or threat of release of oil or hazardous substances within Massachusetts and its waters.
  • Massachusetts NRD Case Settlements

    The Commonwealth, in cooperation with the Federal Trustees, has successfully negotiated NRD case settlements and is committed to implementing a comprehensive NRD program which requires polluters to restore injured resources and to compensate the public for the inability to use and enjoy those resources.
  • MA NRD Damages Assessments

    In Massachusetts, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is working with federal Trustees to conduct assessments at several sites.
  • NRD Trustees, Environmental Authoritative Statutes, and Additional Federal & State Websites

    The President, the Governors of each state, and Native American tribes each designate officials who may act on behalf of the public as trustees for natural resources. Trustees rely on several authorities to bring an action or claim against a responsible party for damages for injury to natural resources.
  • Preserving Water Resources

    Since people, businesses, wildlife, and natural lands all need adequate water, the Commonwealth must follow sustainable water policy guidelines to support ecological needs while meeting the requirements of regional economic growth, supporting high-quality jobs, increasing housing affordability, enhancing tourism, and maintaining a high quality of life that includes recreational opportunities and vital habitats.