MassDEP has prepared a DRAFT Interim Policy on the Re-Use of Soil for Large Reclamation Projects and the Department seeks your review and comment on this proposal by June 17, 2015. We anticipate finalizing the Interim Policy by June 30, 2015 in accordance with Section 277 of Chapter 165 of the Acts of 2014.
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 DEP 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 to implement Section 277
Download the DRAFT Interim Policy:
- DRAFT Interim Soil Policy COMM-15-01 May 27 2015.pdf (211 KB, PDF)
- DRAFT Interim Soil Policy COMM-15-01 May 27 2015.doc (62 KB, MS Word)
We look forward to any comments and suggestions you may have – both for improving the interim policy AND as we move ahead to develop a comprehensive approach for quarry reclamation projects. Comments on the draft policy should be sent to Paul.Locke@state.ma.us by June 17, 2015, or you can append them to this post using the “Leave a Comment” link below.
If you have any questions during your review of this material, please feel free to email (Paul.Locke@state.ma.us) or call (617-556-1160).
Thank-you for your continued participation in this important project!
– Paul Locke
P.S. The draft policy will likely be an agenda topic for a Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, June 25, 2015 (rescheduled from 6/17/15 for those of you following along.) All are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting either live or on-line. Agenda will be posted at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/news/advisory-committees/waste-site-cleanup-program-advisory-committee.html as the meeting date approaches.