Who we serve
The MEPA Office is part of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). We provide meaningful opportunities for public review of the potential environmental impacts of projects for which state agency action is required. We serve the general public, state agencies, municipalities, and project proponents.
IMPORTANT UPDATE CONCERNING MEPA OPERATIONS IN LIGHT OF COVID-19 RESPONSE
Until further notice, the MEPA Office will operate remotely and project submittals and other correspondence will continue to be accepted during this time. Additional information regarding submission of MEPA filings, site visits, pre-filing meetings, and other inquiries is provided below.
Submitting MEPA Filings (revised 5/20)
In light of current events, electronic submittals to both the MEPA Office and other state agencies will be permitted. Electronic submittals that are sent to MEPA@mass.gov by 5:00 PM on the submittal deadline will be accepted for publication in the next edition of the Environmental Monitor. Please note that a filing will not be published in the Environmental Monitor unless it is complete upon submission.
An electronic copy of the complete submittal (including all attachments) should be sent concurrently to the MEPA Office (MEPA@mass.gov) and to the required distribution list. Please use the following Electronic Distribution List (revised 9/8) for state agencies. To facilitate review, you may be requested to provide a courtesy hard copy of a project submittal to the MEPA Analyst and/or may be requested to provide a hard copy to the MEPA Office for inclusion in the project file at a future date.
The electronic submittal should be sent to MEPA and state agencies using a file share service. The entire electronic submittal, including appendices and site plans, must be accessible and legible. Additionally, please ensure the submittal meets the following criteria:
- The link to download the electronic submittal must be accessible by others (not just the direct recipient).
- All electronic submittals over 50 pages must include bookmarks or an electronic table of contents that provides direct links to each of the sections and appendices. Alternatively, each section and appendix should be provided as a separate file.
- Permissions must be set to allow for the electronic document to be downloaded from a file sharing website without requiring an individual to create an account. This provision does not apply to secure FTP file sharing websites.
Due to volume restrictions of the mass.gov email system, please do not directly send the electronic submittal as a PDF. Please be prepared to provide copies of electronic submittals in an alternative format (such as reduced file sizes or zip files) to anyone requesting to receive them.
All site visits will be conducted remotely until further notice. The MEPA Office will minimize remote site visits for projects, but will continue to hold remote site visits for larger projects or those garnering public attention. The Proponent will be expected to describe the site and share existing conditions photos and site plans in addition to providing an overview of the proposed project. The Proponent will be responsible for providing a call-in/weblink to host the remote consultation session with the capability to share files (i.e., “screen share” capability) and host at least 25 participants through a telephonic or video dial-in feature. If the Proponent is unable to host a remote site visit, it should consult with the MEPA Office about alternative methods.
Information regarding the consultation session (including the date/time, call-in number, and weblink) will be posted in the Site Visit section of the Environmental Monitor.
During remote MEPA operations, please utilize the Public Comment Portal or send comments electronically to the general MEPA e-mail address: MEPA@mass.gov. Please be sure to include the EEA# and project name in the subject line.
Remote pre-filing meetings may continue to be scheduled through emailing MEPA@mass.gov. The email requesting a pre-filing meeting should identify your availability over the next two weeks and include a brief project description and a relevant site plan or figure(s). It should also note what you are seeking input on. The Proponent will be responsible for providing a telephonic or video dial-in for the call, as well as a method for viewing site plans or other documents (e.g., screen share function) to the extent feasible. If the Proponent is unable to host a pre-filing meeting electronically, it should consult with the MEPA Office about alternative methods.
Requests for Advisory Opinions, Public Notices, and Other Inquiries
Please continue to send Requests for Advisory Opinions (RAO), public notices for publication in the Environmental Monitor, and any other inquiries to MEPA@mass.gov. Please note that some responses may be delayed due to current events.
On behalf of the Secretary of EEA, the MEPA Office conducts reviews of environmental impacts of development projects and other activities that require one or more state agency action. The MEPA Office is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the MEPA review process, including to:
- solicit comments from the general public and state agencies
- represent the Secretary at public consultation session on projects
- coordinate project review with proponents, consultants, and interested agencies and citizens, and
- make recommendations to the Secretary regarding the adequacy of environmental documentation submitted for a project.
The Environmental Monitor
Read current and archived issues of the Environmental Monitor to find information on projects under review, recent decisions of the Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs, and public notices from State agencies.
The 2020 Environmental Monitor Publication Schedule includes submission deadlines, comment due dates and decision deadlines for 2020.
If you would like to receive a notice when the newest edition of the Environmental Monitor is available, e-mail MEPA with "Environmental Monitor Distribution List" in the subject line.
Public Comment Portal
You may submit comments electronically on projects currently under review through our Public Comment Portal. Users will be able to search for projects open for comment.
Recently issued Certificates from the past two weeks can be found here.
Public Notices must be received by 5 p.m. on the 15th and last day of each month for publication in the next issue of the Environmental Monitor. If the 15th or last day falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day.
Public notices should be e-mailed in PDF format to MEPA by 5 PM on the 15th and last days of each month for publication in the next issue of the Environmental Monitor.