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EBC Program Series with MassDEP

Regional Offices

Commissioner Suuberg and the


Western Region Leadership

Environmental Business Council of New England


Energy Environment Economy

Welcome
Daniel K. Moon
President & Executive Director
Environmental Business Council
of New England

Environmental Business Council of New England


Energy Environment Economy

Review of MassDEP Priorities


Marty Suuberg
Commissioner
Department of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Environmental Business Council of New England


Energy Environment Economy

Key Regional Staff Presentations


Western Region Leadership

Michael Gorski, Western Regional Director


Eva Tor, Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
Brian Harrington, Bureau of Water Resources
Catherine Skiba, Acting Service Center Manager

Environmental Business Council of New England


Energy Environment Economy

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Tighe & Bond, Westfield, Massachusetts

Presentation Overview
I.

II.

Introductions

Overview of 2 New Offices


Ombudsman & Special Projects
Municipal Partnerships and Governmental Affairs

Update on E.O. 562, Reducing Regulatory Burden

III.

IV.

Program Initiatives
Construction Soils
Stormwater and NPDES
Drinking Water

MassDEP WERO

Most Common Violations


Housekeeping violations:
HW - Lines, lids, labels.
AQ, HW, UST, etc: Failure to maintain adequate records.
Timely Report Submittals.
Exceedances/permit compliance
Discharge of industrial wastewater to the ground.
Wastewater NPDES violations.
Air emissions.
Failure to notify/obtain a permit
BSWC failure to notify spills, threat of release.
Hazardous Waste Notification forms & Recycling Permits.
Air Quality (Installation/Operation of equipment).

Compliance Tips
Environmental Management Systems work
Fresh eyes -Third party assessment

Be proactive be aware of Self reporting policy


Keep meticulous records
Never ignore a NON

Ask for an extension before a deadline passes


Always negotiate a settlement

BWSC Groups

Emergency Response
o Includes Asbestos Program
Audits
Risk Reduction & Brownfields
o Includes Enforcement

Emergency Response
Initiatives
Incorporation of the Asbestos Program
Mobile Operations Center (MOC)
Oil Spill Response Trailer

Municipal Outreach

Mobile Operations Center (MOC)

Loaned from U.S. EPA


Satellite, cellular, and land-line telephone
VHF radios with a repeater station
Laptops with air cards
Rooftop observation
Interior and exterior closed circuit television surveillance
with 35-ft high mast mounted camera
Weather station
Interior meeting room with digital white-board
SRI Gas Chromatograph
Bacteria sampling equipment

First Defender RMX

AreaRae with GPS

Spill Response Trailer


Rapid regional response to

large oil spills


800 feet 12 harbor boom
200 feet oil sorbent boom
Inflatable bladders plug
culverts
Training with Fire
Departments

Audits
Maintain a strong audit function
Provide detailed technical review for TA and municipal

assistance
Disinvestment from long-term site management
Audits selected randomly and in a targeted fashion

Risk Reduction &


Brownfields
Sites >1 Year
Screens/Short term involvement
Brownfields Redevelopment Projects

Technical Assistance Municipalities and Redevelopers

(including pre-permitting assistance)

Former Facemate/Uniroyal, Chicopee

Former Facemate/Uniroyal,
River Mills at Chicopee Falls

Ludlow Mills
Westmass Development

Brian D. Harrington
Deputy Regional Director
MassDEP Western Region

Drinking Water Deirdre Doherty, Section Chief


Wastewater Paul Nietupski, Section Chief
Wetlands David Cameron, Section Chief
Municipal Services Deirdre Doherty, Section Chief

Permitting
Compliance
Technical Assistance
Pre-permitting Meetings
Notice of Intent Comments
Trainings
Site Visits

Enforcement
Emergency Planning / Response

DRINKING WATER
Federal Delegation
State implements Federal
Requirements

Safe Drinking Water Act


Water Quality Standards / testing
Source Protection

Water Management Act


Withdrawals >100,000 gpd

WASTEWATER
Septic
Primarily Local Board of Health

Groundwater Discharge Facilities


All MassDEP
Permit Extension Act

NPDES Facilities
Federal / State & Federal\

Combined Sewer Overflows CSO


Four Communities still addressing CSOs
Work Closely with EPA

WETLANDS & WATERWAYS


Wetlands Protection Act
Notice of Intent Comments / File #s
Circuit Rider Program
Superseding Orders of Condition

Clean Water Act


401 / Water Quality Certifications
Dredge / Fill
Coordination with Army Corps

Chapter 91
Docks / Structures
Great Ponds
Navigable Waters

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
SRF Funding
Clean Water
Drinking Water
Emergency Projects

Other Programs
Watershed Grants
319
604b
Energy Grants
Miscellaneous Grants

Regional Role in Process

HOT TOPICS
Drinking Water
Revised Total Coliform Rule

Assessment vs NON

Wastewater
Groundwater Discharge Facilities Permit Extension Act
Expired
NPDES Permitting Standards
Wetlands
Pipeline Projects
Hydro Projects Water Quality Certifications
Certificate of Compliance Initiative

HOT TOPICS - 2
Staffing Challenges Water & Wastewater
Wave of Retirements
Smaller Pool of Replacements on staff
Lack of Incentives to Stay / Move up

Money to leave other systems, other industries

Technical, Managerial, Regulatory, Mechanical Mix

Tough Blend of Skills

Increased Reliance on Consultants, Contract Operators

Interim operations in smaller communities

Cross-training

Water and Wastewater skills cover absences

Document

Document DOCUMENT

Need to get policies, practices, procedures down on paper


Preserve and pass the knowledge

INTERESTING PROJECTS
Living Buildings Several In Western Mass
International Living Future Institute Challenge

Various Levels Restorative, Net Zero Energy, etc


Focus on materials, energy, water, wastewater

Drinking Water
Wells & Surface Water
Interconnection / Consecutive Systems
Wastewater
Composting Toilets, Grey Water Systems

Wetlands
Constructed wetlands part of treatment process

INTERESTING PROJECTS - 2
Water Reuse at UMass
Amherst looking to reduce water use
UMass large user / adjacent to WWTP
Class C Reuse
Wastewater as boiler makeup water
Class A Reuse
Wastewater in Cooling Towers
Permit tailored to adjust monitoring to use
Lower requirements when Class C only

Panel Discussion
Western Region Leadership

Michael Gorski, Western Regional Director


Eva Tor, Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
Brian Harrington, Bureau of Water Resources
Catherine Skiba, Acting Service Center Manager

Environmental Business Council of New England


Energy Environment Economy

EBC Program Series with MassDEP


Regional Offices

Commissioner Suuberg and the


Western Region Leadership

Environmental Business Council of New England


Energy Environment Economy