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MassGIS Data: MassDEP Major Facilities

March 2023

The Major Facilities datalayer is a statewide point dataset containing the location of a subset of facility types regulated by MassDEP’s Bureau of Air and Waste.

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Overview

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Major Facilities datalayer is a statewide point dataset containing the location of a subset of facility types regulated by MassDEP’s Bureau of Air and Waste (formerly the Bureau of Waste Prevention (BWP)).

The following “major” facility types have been located:

  • Facilities with Air Operating Permits (AIR)
  • Hazardous Waste Recyclers (HWR)
  • Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and/or Disposal Facilities (TSDF)
  • Large Quantity Generators of MA-regulated Hazardous Waste (LQG_MA)
  • Large Quantity Generators of EPA/RCRA-regulated Hazardous Waste (LQG_RCRA)
  • Large Quantity Toxic Users (LQTU)

The layer is stored and distributed as BWPMAJOR_PT.

MassGIS created these five spatial views and exported them as feature classes for use in MassMapper:

  • BWPMAJOR_PT_AIR_SV: AIR = 'Y'
  • BWPMAJOR_PT_HWR_SV: HWR = 'Y'
  • BWPMAJOR_PT_LQG_SV: LQG_MA = 'Y' or LQG_RCRA = 'Y'
  • BWPMAJOR_PT_LQTU_SV: LQTU = 'Y'
  • BWPMAJOR_PT_TSDF_SV: TSDF = 'Y'

Source

Data Universe
MassDEP’s Facility Master File Database (FMF)/Site Management System (SMS) database was queried to identify facilities engaging in the activities listed above.

Data Sources
Methods and sources used for this datalayer include:

  • Site-specific knowledge of BAW Compliance and Enforcement staff
  • GPS field verification by MassDEP staff
  • Surveys, site plans and locus maps from MassDEP records
  • Interpolation of orthophoto imagery and parcel data from MassGIS
  • Geocoding of FMF/SMS addresses using MassGIS Master Address Database (MAD).

See: related BWPMAJOR_PT_LDT table under Related Information.

Attributes

The point attribute table for the MassDEP Major Facilities datalayer contains the following fields:

General Facility Information Fields:

FIELD TYPE-WIDTH DEFINITION
FAC_ID Long Integer Facility ID from FMF/SMS Database. The FAC_ID is a unique identifier used to identify facilities and their ownership.
FAC_NAME Text - 45 Facility Name from the FMF/SMS Database
ADDRESS Text - 38 Number and street address of the facility, as listed in the FMF/SMS Database.
TOWN Text - 21 The standard MassGIS city/town name.
REGION Short Integer A code corresponding to the MassDEP Region in which the facility is located. 
REGION DEP REGION – Office location ACRONYM
1 Western Region - Springfield WERO
2 Central Region - Worcester CERO 
3 Northeast Region - Wilmington NERO 
4 Southeast Region – Lakeville SERO 
HW_ID Text - 12 EPA Hazardous Waste Generator ID from the RCRAINFO database. A unique identifier generated by RCRAINFO, EPA’s database formerly known as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Information System (RCRIS). There are 7 instances of multiple generator IDs for each facility, however only 1 of those IDs is included in this layer – the ID included is the first/lowest such ID for the facility.
SSEIS_ID Text - 15 Stationary Source Emission Inventory System (now the AQ ID) from MassDEP’s FMF/SMS database.  This field corresponds to the agency’s facility identifier in the EPA national emission inventory database (NEI).

Major Activity Fields:

The Major Activity Fields are Y/N fields indicating which of the more significant types of activities occur at a given facility. There are no specific if/then relationships between any of the Major Activity fields. Although Ground and Surface Water discharges are no longer regulated within the Bureau of Air and Waste, the GWD and SWD fields remain (null) for structural consistency.

FIELD TYPE-WIDTH DEFINITION
AIR Text - 1 Air Operating Permit: A value of “Y” indicates the facility has an active air operating permit (310 CMR 7 Appendix C). See: MassDEP operating permit web page. The criteria for selecting these records were regulated object type code = PLANT and FMF classification = OP* (that is, any one of the classifications indicating an operating permit).
HWR Text - 1 Hazardous Waste Recycler: A value of “Y” indicates the facility engages in the recycling of hazardous waste. The criteria for selecting these records were regulated object type code = RECYCH and FMF classification = RCY-L3.
LQG_MA Text - 1 Large Quantity Generator of MA-regulated Hazardous Waste: A value of “Y” indicates the facility is a large quantity generator of one or more Massachusetts regulated hazardous wastes, including, but not limited to, waste oil and PCBs.  The criteria for selecting these records were regulated object type code = HANDLR and FMF classification = LQG-MA.
LQG_RCRA Text - 1 Large Quantity Generator of EPA/RCRA-regulated Hazardous Waste: A value of “Y” indicates the facility is a large quantity generator of one or more EPA-RCRA regulated hazardous wastes. The criteria for selecting these records were regulated object type code = HANDLR and FMF classification = LQG.
LQTU Text - 1 Large Quantity Toxic User: A value of “Y” indicates the facility is subject to the Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) reporting requirements as a large quantity toxics user. For a TURA overview, visit the DEP TURA webpage.  The criteria for selecting these records were regulated object type code TURRPT and a Self-Reporting Type Code = TURRPT/TUR-NA and FMF classification = LQTU AND are on the current filer list maintained by the MassDEP TURA program.
TSDF Text - 1 Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and/or Disposal Facility: A value of “Y” indicates the facility engages in the treatment, storage and/or disposal of hazardous wastes.  The criteria for selecting these records were regulated object type code = HANDLR and FMF classification = TSDF.

Related Information

MassDEP Location Documentation Table: (BWPMAJOR_PT_LDT) - See DEP Standards for Point GIS Data.

MassDEP Unlocated Sites List Table: (BWPMAJOR_PT_USL) - List of unlocated MassDEP Major Facility sites not contained in the BWPMAJOR_PT layer.

Environmental Protection Agency data
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Envirofacts Web Site https://www.epa.gov/enviro presents information in a searchable format. Using the Facility Name, Address information or HW_ID, facility records can be queried on the EPA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRAINFO) web page.

Maintenance

2016: Facilities with Ground Water (GWD) and Surface Water (SWD) Discharge permits were removed from this layer. Permitting of these activities is managed by the MassDEP Bureau of Water Resources (BWR). See the MassDEP Ground Water Permits layer for Ground Water discharge locations.

2023:  The following attribute fields (GWD, RTN, NPDES_ID, SWD, SW_ID), contained in the 2016 release of this data are no longer supported and have been removed from the attribute table structure.

The MassDEP Major Facilities data layer is maintained by the MassDEP Bureau of Air and Waste (BAW) and GIS.  Be advised, not all major facilities have been mapped.  Please refer to the unlocated sites list (USL).

If you have questions regarding this data, please contact the relevant MassDEP Bureau of Air and Waste program or email: baw.edep@mass.gov.

Date published: April 1, 1998
Last updated: March 15, 2023

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