Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Act (Massachusetts)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Massachusetts

Applies to States or Provinces Massachusetts
Name Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Act (Massachusetts)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Coal with CCS, Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


This Act establishes the means by which developers of proposed hazardous waste facilities will work with the community in which they wish to construct a facility. When the intent to construct, maintain, and/or operate a hazardous waste facility in a city or town is demonstrated, a local assessment committee will be established by that community. The committee will be responsible for negotiating with the developer of the proposed facility, representing the interests of the community, reviewing project documents, and, if applicable, signing contracts on behalf of the community. The developer and local assessment committee must settle upon a siting agreement prior to the construction, maintenance, and/or operation of a hazardous waste facility; the agreement will specify the terms, conditions, and provisions for the facility. This Act also establishes arbitration procedures in the event a dispute occurs with the host community or any abutting community, and allows for the use of eminent domain to secure land in certain situations. Specific regulations regarding this Act can be found in 310 CMR 30.000 and in 990 CMR 1.00-16.00.

Policy Contact

Contact Name James Paterson
Department Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Division Waste and Recycling
Address One Winter Street, Boston, MA, 02108

Phone 617-556-1096


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 21D

Authority 2: 310 CMR 30.000

Authority 3: 990 CMR 1.00-16.00