MassDEP Central Regional Office

Conduct a file review and find information on facilities, sites, and projects in the central region.

About MassDEP's Central Regional Office

MassDEP's Central Regional Office serves communities in all of Worcester county and parts of western Middlesex and Norfolk counties. The cities and town that are served by this office are listed below. 

Visitor parking is located directly outside of the main entrance and runs the length of the building.

Additional Resources

File Review / Central Region

You may review the MassDEP Central Region's non-confidential files on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. You can request an appointment to review files by:

For spills of oil and hazardous material and contaminated sites regulated under MGL Chapter 21E

File Review Procedures:

    • Appointments are required. You may request up to 6 files (not sites - 3 file numbers constitutes 3 of the 6 files) during one appointment. The request should be organized and complete to ensure that the correct files are provided, so please research your site(s) before requesting an appointment.
    • Appointments are only established once you receive a confirmation from the Service Center. If the Service Center does not respond to your inquiry within a reasonable time, please re-submit your request.
    • Seats are limited and customers are served on a first come - first served basis.
    • Upon arrival, please read and fill out the form supplied to you by the Service Center and return it to the File Manager on duty before leaving.
    • During your file review, you SHOULD NOT unclip, remove staples, or take binders or folders apart.
    • You can get photo copies and faxes for 20 cents per 8" x 11" page. Fees vary for other size pages.
    • Only checks will be accepted and should be made payable to Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There is a $20 fee for returned checks.
    • Arrangements can be made to have files sent out to a copy service, which is recommended for any large documents. When there are several people requesting copies, DEP staff have priority for using DEP copy machines.
    • If you can't make your appointment, you must call and cancel your by 12 p.m. the previous working day. A fee may be billed to your company for appointments that are not appropriately canceled.

    Facilities, Projects & Sites of Interest

    McGilpin Road in Sturbridge

    MassDEP continues to investigate water quality at private wells located on McGilpin Road in Sturbridge.  The request came after citizen testing in the area indicated the presence of 1,4 dioxane in one private well. 

    Recent updates (find on classic Mass.Gov site)
     

    Exelon West Medway Facility

    On December 19, 2016, MassDEP issued the final Air Quality Comprehensive Plan Approval and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit for the construction of two simple-cycle combustion turbine generators at the Exelon West Medway facility, 9 Summer Street, Medway. The generators will burn natural gas (with ultra low-sulfur distillate as a backup fuel) and will operate based on dispatch orders from ISO New England during times of peak electrical energy demand. 

    Final approvals (find on classic Mass.Gov site)

    Due to excessive file size, Exelon's full applications for these approvals cannot be provided for download from this page.You may access them from the company's web site.
     

    Fort Devens

    MassDEP and EPA work together on cleanup of waste sites at Fort Devens.

    MassDEP Site Files: Fort Devens, MA

    EPA Superfund Site: Fort Devens, MA

     

    Southbridge Recycling & Disposal Park

    Southbridge Recycling & Disposal Park, Inc. Cover Letter and Site Suitability Report No. 278-007-A

    Southbridge Recycling Disposal Park, Inc. Motion for Reconsideration of MassDEP's Negative Report on Site Suitability

    Central Region Features

    Most communities in the Central Region grew up around mills, many of which have since given way to high tech companies and various support industries. The region still hosts a number of metal fabricating and plating firms, plastics manufacturers and remnants of the paper, shoe and furniture industries. A few large farms dot the landscape, but agriculture has slowly been replaced by residential and commercial development.

    The major river basins (Blackstone, Nashua, Concord, Merrimack, Chicopee, French and Quinebaug, and Millers) as well as the Wachusett Reservoir and its watershed are among the chief natural features of the Central region.

    Features of the Central Region:

    • Made up of 77 towns and cities
    • Population of nearly 900,000
    • Blackstone River
    • Nashua River
    • Millers River
    • Concord River
    • Merrimack River
    • Chicopee River
    • French River
    • Quinebaug River
    • Wachusett Reservoir

    Cities & Towns Served by the MassDEP Central Regional Office

    Acton
    Ashburnham
    Ashby
    Auburn
    Ayer
    Barre
    Bellingham
    Berlin
    Blackstone
    Bolton
    Boxborough
    Boylston
    Brookfield
    Charlton
    Clinton
    Douglas
    Dudley
    Dunstable
    East Brookfield
    Fitchburg
    Franklin
    Gardner
    Grafton
    Groton
    Harvard
    Holden
    Holliston
    Hopedale
    Hopkinton
    Hubbardston
    Hudson
    Lancaster
    Leicester
    Leominster
    Littleton
    Lunenburg
    Marlborough
    Maynard
    Medfield
    Medway
    Mendon
    Milford
    Millbury
    Millis
    Millville
    New Braintree
    Norfolk
    Northborough
    Northbridge
    North Brookfield
    Oakham
    Oxford
    Paxton
    Pepperell
    Phillipston
    Princeton
    Rutland
    Shirley
    Shrewsbury
    Southborough
    Southbridge
    Spencer
    Sterling
    Stow
    Sturbridge
    Sutton
    Templeton
    Townsend
    Upton
    Uxbridge
    Webster
    Westborough
    West Boylston
    West Brookfield
    Westminster
    Winchendon
    Worcester

     

     

     

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