In March 2014, The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) finalized significant changes to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, which are the rules that govern the discovery, reporting and cleanup of spills and contaminated sites. The changes bring both regulatory relief and additional burdens to the AEC community and owners. Beneficial changes include recognition of contamination caused by “Historic Fill” as a pre-existing condition, a performance based approach to demonstrate sufficient cleanup of petroleum product layers, and simplified Site outcomes as either a Permanent Solution with or without Conditions, or Temporary Solution. New requirements include additional notification requirements to maintain the effectiveness of land use restrictions and more involved investigation and remediation of vapor intrusion into existing and new buildings. These changes and many others are expected to be effective this summer. Go to MADEP’s web site to see all related documents.
SAK Environmental has Massachusetts Licensed Site Professionals and certified Hazardous Materials Managers to assist owners, architects and engineers in all phases of site development. Click here to learn how SAK Environmental can help or contact Stephen Sakakeeny, LSP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-688-7804 x112.