MassDEP

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the state agency responsible for protecting the environment in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, recently honored long-time LSP Association member, James Soukup, with a Greener Cleanups Award at the LSPA’s September Membership Meeting in Newton, MA.

Soukup, a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) and Principal Hydrogeologist at Weston Solutions Inc., and his client, Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, received the Greener Cleanup Leadership Recognition Award for demonstrating professional stewardship in promoting Greener Cleanup principles and practices to reduce the overall net environmental footprint of hazardous waste site cleanup response actions implemented under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP).

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The LSPA presented the following compliance tip at the September Membership Meeting at Marriott Newton Hotel in Newton, MA on September 26, 2017. 

When a property with a Notice of Activity and Use Limitation (AUL) has been sold, the Responsible Party must submit to MassDEP a Form BWSC 113 with a copy of the recorded deed conveying the record title.  Remember it is essential that subsequent property owners be given notice of the AUL.

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Phase I of The Energy and Environmental Information and Public Access System (EIPAS) is now LIVE!

MassDEP Commissioner Suuberg is pleased to announce that the first phase of the Energy and Environmental Information and Public Access System (EIPAS) has been released. With this release, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) has implemented online permitting for MassDEP permits in the Toxic Use Reduction, Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste, Drinking Water and Air Quality Programs. There are plans for additional permits to go online in 2018. Two data portals have also been released: 
  • One data portal will enable online submission of public comments on applicable permit applications
  • The second data portal will allow for searching of MassDEP permit, inspection, facility and enforcement data. 

Additional data will be exposed in the data portal in 2018. 

Click here to read the official press release and to explore the data portals.
Apply by June 30, 2017 for MassDEP's FY 2017 Greener Cleanup Leadership Recognition Program
 
MassDEP's Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup (BWSC) is sponsoring a Greener Cleanup Leadership Recognition Program to further promote cleanup approaches that consider all the environmental effects of assessing and remediating contaminated sites. MassDEP will recognize the person(s), entity, or project that demonstrates professional performance in the promotion, development, evaluation and implementation of activities intended to reduce the net environmental footprint of site assessment and remediation conducted in accordance with the MCP. 
Eligibility: 
  • Any response action submittal completed in accordance with applicable requirements of the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) in consideration of the "Greener Cleanup" elements prescribed at 310 CMR 40.0191 and, as applicable, at 310 CMR 40.0858. 
  • Any response action completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.  
Submission for selection must be received by MassDEP no later than June 30, 2017
  • Nominate yourself or a colleague by emailing Thomas Potter and/or Susan Fessenden
    • Include: Release Tracking Number (RTN), submittal type/name, submittal date.
  • MassDEP will also independently review Response Action submittals 
For more details, contact Thomas M. Potter, LEED Green Assoc.® | Chief, Clean Energy Development CoordinatorMassDEP | Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup, 617.292.5628, Thomas.Potter@state.ma.us.
 
Climate & Clean Energy on the web: Climate & Clean Energy | MassDEP

March 16, 2017
The LSPA presented the following monthly compliance tip on March 16, 2017. 

“Greener Cleanup evaluations” or considerations are not only called out in the MCP under Phase III (Detailed Evaluation Criteria for selecting a comprehensive remedy at 310 CMR 40.0858[4][c]), but also under Response Action Performance Standard (RAPS) at 310 CMR 40.0191(3)(e). 
 
Therefore, Greener Cleanup practices should be considered in all MCP Phases, except during time critical responses (e.g., “2-hour” and “72-hour” reportable conditions). MassDEP provides assistance in the Greener Cleanups Guidance, WSC #14 – 150 (October 2014).

Click here to view all published compliance tips. This document is also posted in the Members Only section of the website under Technical Resources.

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Remediation General Permit
Signed by EPA and MassDEP

By: Isaac Anderson, Project Manager, Cooperstown Environmental and LSPA Technical Practices Committee Member

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LSPA Comments on MassDEP's DRAFT Fact Sheet Guidance on Sampling and Analysis for PFAS at Disposal Sites Regulated under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan.
As the presence of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (together, PFAS) become more commonly identified and sampled at MCP sites, LSPs and other practitioners need guidance on sampling protocols, analytical methods, and reporting limits. MassDEP's draft guidance begins to address these issues. LSPA comments are embedded in the draft fact sheet.  

Thank you to Paul Locke and the MassDEP for posting this video on LinkedIn today. The LSPA looks forward to providing updates as the legislation progresses through the committee process.

There will be a BWSC Greener Cleanups Workgroup Meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at MassDEP, One Winter Street, Boston, Conference room A-2212 (click here for directions). The preliminary agenda will include a presentation/discussion of the following:  

1.       Clean Energy Legislative & Regulatory Updates 

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MassDEP Honors Four LSP Association Members With Greener Cleanups Awards


Belmont, MA (November 2016)The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the state agency responsible for the cleanup of oil and hazardous waste sites and spills, recently honored four members of the LSP Association (LSPA) with Greener Cleanups Awards at the LSPA’s September Membership Meeting in Newton, MA.

The Greener Cleanups Awards were presented to the following Licensed Site Professionals (LSPs) and their clients for demonstrating professional stewardship in promoting Greener Cleanup principles and practices to reduce the overall net environmental footprint of hazardous waste site cleanup response actions implemented under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan:


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As mentioned at the MassDEP Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting last month, there will be a meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 to discuss possible revisions to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan provisions concerning Imminent Hazards.

The meeting will be begin at 9:30 am and will be located in Conference Room C on the 2nd floor of MassDEP’s 1 Winter Street, Boston office.  (The duration of the meeting will depend upon the depth and breadth of the discussion. The room is reserved until 12:00 pm.) Please click here for directions.  

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Top Takeaways from October 27, 2016 MassDEP WSCAC Meeting Planned Nov. 16th Meeting on Imminent Hazard Approach

LSPA Regulations Committee members were in attendance at the recent Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee (WSCAC) meeting held on October 27, 2016. The meeting was moderated by Paul Locke, and included presentations by Gerard Martin and Liz Callahan. A video of the meeting is available here and slides are available here

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MassDEP Finalizes Vapor Intrusion Guidance

As of Monday, October 17, 2016, MassDEP's Vapor Intrusion guidance document is final.  

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For a Limited Time…
Complimentary Viewing of ASTM’s Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups

Looking to integrate sustainability into your operations? In search of an effective approach to reducing energy usage and waste as you work towards protecting public health and the environment?

More and more, organizations are using ASTM E2893 Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups to reduce their environmental footprint while achieving cleanup objectives. This EPA-endorsed standard provides a step-by-step approach to reduce energy, water and materials use during the investigation and remediation of hazardous waste sites.

In partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ASTM is offering a complimentary, 2-month viewing period (September 28 – November 30) for this standard. Don’t miss this opportunity to become familiar with a standard designed to help incorporate more sustainable practices into your organization’s work. For complementary viewing of the Standard, go to www.astm.org/E2893-16


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The LSPA received the following information from MassDEP regarding eDEP Updates. Please read carefully!

July 28, 2016 New, revised BWSC104 Permanent and Temporary Solution Statement Form

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LSPA Requests Your Comments on Draft Technical Update 

MassDEP has recently released the Historic Fill / Anthropogenic Background Public Comment DRAFT Technical Update. A copy is available here on the MassDEP website. The LSPA Regulations Committee is assembling comments on this 12-page draft guidance document and would like your input. Please send your comments, suggestions, and revisions to the LSPA Regulations Committee Co-Chairs by Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Click here for more information about how to do this.

Court Decides Peterborough Oil vs. MassDEP 

On June 6, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued its opinion in Peterborough Oil Co. v. MassDEP upholding MassDEP’s interpretation that the word “oil” in the Zone II exemption does not include leaded gasoline.   Read on for a brief summary of the decision.  The LSPA submitted an amicus brief in this case.  

LSPA Comments on MassDEP's Second Public Review Draft LNAPL Guidance 

The LSPA submitted comments on December 18, 2015 to MassDEP on its Second Public Review Draft of Light Nonaqueous Phase Liquids (LNAPL) and the MCP: Guidance for Site Assessment and Closure, Policy #WSC‐14‐450. Read our cover letter and comments

MassDEP Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup Updates 

The second public review draft of the Light Nonaqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL) Guidance is posted under “Draft Policies & Guidance” here.  This document has been updated to reflect public comments received on the first (July 2014) draft.  BWSC will be holding a meeting on the revised draft on Thursday November 12, 2015 at 10:00 am at MassDEP’s Boston Office, One Winter Street 2nd floor conference rooms A & B.  Please submit any written comments on the second public hearing draft by Friday December 18, 2015 to Kendall.Marra@MassMail.State.MA.US

LSPA Files Amicus Brief with MA Supreme Judicial Court  

On September 30, 2015, the LSPA filed an Amicus Curiae (“Friend of the Court”) brief with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in the case of Peterborough Oil Company, LLC v. Department of Environmental Protection.  The case is on appeal from Worcester County Superior Court.   

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