Learn more about state and federal toxic and chemical management statutes, the MassDEP regulations and standards implementing them, and policy and guidance documents detailing how to comply.
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Toxics & Chemicals Laws & Rules
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Federal & State Laws
Helps communities plan for chemical emergencies. It also requires industry to report on the storage, use and releases of hazardous substances to federal, state, and local governments.
Creates a "cradle to grave" framework for proper management of hazardous and solid wastes across the country, including generation, transportation, treatment, storage, recycling, and disposal.
Outlines state requirements for hazardous waste accumulation, transportation, treatment, storage, recycling, and disposal. Massachusetts law is sometimes more stringent than RCRA.
Establishes criteria and procedures for state and local review and approval of hazardous waste treatment, storage, recycling, and disposal facility siting and construction in Massachusetts.
Tasks MassDEP with ensuring the identification, assessment, and permanent cleanup of oil and hazardous material sites and spills. Also known as the State Superfund Act.
Specifies requirements for building, operating, maintaining, and closing solid waste management facilities in Massachusetts, including post-closure assessment, monitoring, and cleanup.
Requires Massachusetts companies that use large quantities of specific toxic chemicals to evaluate their operations, plan for pollution prevention, and report on the results each year.
Charges MassDEP with regulating the registration, installation, operation, maintenance, inspection, and closure of petroleum fuel and hazardous substance UST systems.
Charges MassDEP with regulating the prohibition on the manufacture, distribution, and sale of certain flame retardants in products.
State Regulations & Standards
Sets fees for facilities subject to the Toxics Use Reduction Act (M.G.L. Chapter 21I). Implemented by the Administrative Council on Toxics Use Reduction.
Lists all chemicals and compounds subject to Toxics Use Reduction Act (M.G.L. Chapter 21I) planning and reporting requirements. Implemented by the Administrative Council on Toxics Use Reduction.
Ensures the orderly sharing of information about toxic and hazardous substances in Massachusetts workplaces and communities.
Provides the framework for MassDEP implementation of the Toxics Use Reduction Act
Cross-program compliance certification requirements for boilers, dental facilities, dry cleaners, engines/turbines, printers, underground storage tanks, and more.
Applicable to all Massachusetts dental practices and facilities that generate or discharge wastewater from mercury amalgam-related processes.
Prohibits the sale of mercury-added vehicle switches, requires removal of switches and other mercury-added components before vehicles are crushed or shredded, including compliance certifications.
Bans the sale of mercury-added products and lamps in Massachusetts unless manufacturers provide for collection and recycling of end-of-life products.
Prohibits the disposal of mercury-added products in any manner other than recycling, disposing as hazardous waste, or alternative methods approved by MassDEP.
Requires makers of mercury-added thermostats to implement collection programs for out-of-service units, thermostat wholesalers to serve as collection sites, and collected units to be properly recycled.
Applies to any manufacturer or retailer that sells, offers or manufactures for sale, distributes in commerce, or imports into Massachusetts any covered product.
Provides the framework for MassDEP to administer the Underground Storage Tank program.
MassDEP Policies & Guidance
Resources developed to help you comply with the state hazardous waste management regulations that apply to your activity, business, or facility.
Documents meant to help companies comply with the reporting and planning requirements of the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA).
Resources complying with the state UST regulations that apply to your fuel-dispensing facility.
Documents detailing the proper methods for identifying, assessing, and remediating oil and hazardous material sites and spills.
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