Re-Opened Public Comment Period: Draft 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan

MassDEP is conducting additional online public hearings to address issues including environmental justice, climate change, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notice of Public Comment Period

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MassDEP issued its Draft 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan for public comment and held five public hearings in Fall 2019 and received extensive comments. Input received proposed that more engagement with Environmental Justice communities would be beneficial, given the environmental burdens these communities experience. In addition, it is timely and important to consider the impacts of COVID-19 as well as climate change, on public health and the economy before finalizing the plan. In response to these comments and the changed landscape due to COVID-19, MassDEP has decided to reopen the public comment period for the Draft 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan. The comment period will focus specifically, but not exclusively, on issues of environmental justice, climate change, and the impacts of COVID-19 pertaining to the management of solid waste in the Commonwealth. The public comment period will close on September 15, 2020.

During this period, MassDEP will offer four public hearings to engage with stakeholders and seek input (see dates and times listed below). Per Governor Charles D. Baker’s Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, s. 20, dated March 12, 2020, these public hearings will be conducted online and via telephone. The dates and call-in information for the public hearings are as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    6:00-8:00 p.m.

    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlce-vqzwoHtJJOCcRHEoRi-fZCPjnY-PO 
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020
    6:00-8:00 p.m. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtfu6vrjovHdQq27x5qPr8f8qZBjIVLSN6
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020
    6:00-8:00 p.m.
    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwodeuvrz4oHdOxzY-krfVr4Eir4nMc0ecx
  • Thursday, September 10, 2020
    6:00-8:00 p.m.
    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvdumpqTItH9YzgWt6zI6CtbyBY4fLd3CT

To review the draft plan and a summary presentation, and for information about previous master plans, visit https://www.mass.gov/guides/solid-waste-master-plan#-the-draft-2030-solid-waste-master-plan-. Written comments can be submitted electronically to dep.swmp@mass.gov or by mail to: John Fischer, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, 1 Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108.

Key questions for which we are seeking comment:

  • What specific challenges are faced by populations that are disproportionally impacted by solid waste activities?  How could the Commonwealth’s Solid Waste Master Plan address these challenges?
  • How can Environmental Justice communities be better reflected in how waste is managed in Massachusetts?
  • Are there specific policies or programs recommended that would address the solid waste management concerns of environmental justice communities?
  • What actions can be pursued to reduce carbon emissions from the management of solid waste to help meet the Commonwealth Global Warming Solution Act goals?
  • What impacts does COVID-19 have on waste management? 
  • Are there specific waste management initiatives that may be problematic or beneficial to implement as we adjust to the impacts of COVID-19?

MassDEP provides language access interpreter/translation services to limited English proficient individuals free of charge. If you need an interpreter to participate in this meeting, translation services can be found at the following link:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massdep-language-translation-assistance

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