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INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING REGULATORY UPDATES

The MEPA Office is engaged in a regulatory review effort to update its regulations at 301 CMR 11.00 and associated policies and guidance.

This regulatory review effort coincides with statewide initiatives led by EEA under Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569 to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

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Interim Protocols

While this effort is ongoing, the MEPA Office is proposing to issue two interim protocols concerning climate change adaptation and environmental justice outreach.

Public comments received on the interim protocols are available here. After reviewing comments, the MEPA Office will publish final protocols or other revisions in the Environmental Monitor with effective dates to be determined. 

Ways to Participate in MEPA Regulatory Review Effort

Key areas for potential regulatory revisions are outlined in the presentation provided below

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Public comments received on the MEPA regulatory review effort are available here. The MEPA Office will continue stakeholder outreach throughout the Spring and Summer of 2021, and anticipates opening a formal rulemaking process in Fall 2021. 

Please note that all comments received by the MEPA office, including the email address and contact information of the sender, will be treated as public records under state and federal public records law.

To subscribe and receive regular updates regarding the MEPA regulatory review effort, please send a blank email  to subscribe-mepa_reg_review@listserv.state.ma.us. Please ensure that both the subject line and the body of the email are blank and that the email does not contain an automatic signature or your email address will not be added to the listserv. If you receive an error message, please contact MEPA@mass.gov

Ongoing updates of the MEPA regulatory review effort, including additional opportunities for public participation, will be posted on this page.

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