MassDEP Publishes Draft Interim Policy on Reclamation Soils 

MassDEP has prepared a DRAFT Interim Policy on the Re-Use of Soil for Large Reclamation Projects; the draft policy is now available on MassDEP’s Reclamation Soil blog (https://reclamationsoil.wordpress.com/) and on Mass DEP’s webpage. (http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/cleanup/reports/site-cleanup-news-and-updates.html)

Comments are due to MassDEP by June 17, 2015. 

The LSPA Regulations Committee will compile comments from LSPA members (send to 2015draftsoilspolicy@lspa.org  by June 5, 2015). 

As always, if you feel strongly about a comment and want to ensure it is submitted to MassDEP, please consider submitting the comment directly to Paul Locke (Paul.Locke@state.ma.us) at MassDEP.

The draft policy will likely be an agenda topic for the MassDEP Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, June 25, 2015.  MassDEP anticipates finalizing the Interim Policy by June 30, 2015.

The DRAFT Policy describes an interim approach for obtaining site-specific Department approval for the reclamation of quarries, sand pits and gravel pits using more than 100,000 cubic yards of soil.  The approach institutionalized in this policy has been successfully implemented on a case-by-case basis to allow operations to begin accepting large volumes of soil as fill. The policy provides clarity on the types of locations that would require approval and the nature of the documentation/information necessary for MassDEP to sign-off on the reclamation project.  The policy would remain in effect while the Department continues to work with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive approach.

We hope to hear from you.