Development of Standardized NRD Assessments

Information realted to the development of regulations for a standardized NRD process for small spills.

MassDEP has been working to develop standard methods that will allow the Commonwealth to more efficiently seek compensatory natural resource damages (NRD) for injuries to surface waters and groundwater from releases of oil and/or hazardous materials.  

MassDEP asked interested parties to engage in a dialogue to inform the effective implementation of the standard methods by proactively identifying potential issues or concerns.

At a March 1 meeting, we discussed NRD for small to medium volume oil spills to coastal and inland surface waters and wetlands.  At the April 23 meeting, we will discuss NRD for releases of oil and/or hazardous materials to groundwater.  At these meetings we will provide more details on spills and releases statewide and by watershed, the proposed methods, results of applying the methods, and the proposed regulatory and administrative framework for implementation. 

For more information about the NRD Program, visit our website at:

March 1, 2018 Meeting

At this March 1st meeting, we discussed NRD Assessments for small to medium volume oil spills to coastal and inland surface waters and wetlands.

The meeting video is presented in 8 parts (each approximately 16 minutes long).  The playlist of all 8 segments can be found on the MassDEP YouTube channel here: 

PDF versions of the slides used in this meeting are linked below, followed by segment #1 of the meeting video.

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