On October 1, the commercial food waste ban went into effect for Massachusetts. It requires companies, businesses, hospitals, and universities generating more than 1 ton of organic material per week to make necessary reductions in their disposal. Such entities have many options to comply with the ban, including pre-consumer reduction, re-purposing usable food, donations, and composting.
The food waste disposal ban is part of a larger effort in Massachusetts to reduce the waste stream by 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner David W. Cash recently stated, “The food waste ban provides a win-win-win-win-win for residents and businesses in the Commonwealth. It will reduce waste, save money on disposal costs, create renewable energy, cut emissions from fossil fuel use, produce rich fertilizer for farm use, and grow jobs and stimulate the economy.” Read the full press release at the link below.
CAPACCIO recently had a webinar on this topic “Commercial Food Waste Disposal Ban Regulations – How will it affect your company?” Along with our guest presenter, John Fischer of MassDEP, the webinar provided an overview of the regulation, methods of how to determine how much waste you are generating, and ways to set and communicate goals and track your usage. To download and view the webinar, see the link below.
We also discussed ways this program can be incorporated into your new or existing sustainability program, to your benefit. Regardless of the stage you are in, CAPACCIO can provide assistance. Please contact Julie Muszalski at 508.970.0033 ext. 124 or email@example.com for more information.
The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations in Massachusetts has voted to promulgate a new fire safety code, which will take effect on January 1st, 2015. The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations is responsible for promulgating a comprehensive fire safety code for the state and was created in part as a reaction the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in Boston that killed 492 people.
The new code, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code 527 CMR 1.00, is meant to align with a recognized fire code: the NFPA-1 (2012 edition). This fire code revision is also intended to allow for better unison with the Massachusetts building code regulations, 780 CMR. While many parts of the old 527 CMR 1 to 50 will be carried over into the new 527 CMR 1.00, the organization will be different: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/dfs/osfm/boards/specific-meetings/2014-9-18-fea-body-bytitleofsection-finaldraft-cmr-nfpa1-website-print.pdf
One highlight of the new Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code is that, with the adoption of NFPA 1, it will provide more prescriptive requirements for hazardous materials. Chapter 60 will be dedicated to hazardous materials and will contain codified language referring to the specific hazard classes (pyrophoric, oxidizer, water reactive, etc.) and associated requirements, some of which did not exist in the old fire code. For those of you who have already familiarized yourself with the recently enacted 527 CMR 33—not to worry, this regulation will be carried into Section 60 of 527 CMR 1.00.
In the words of State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, “The adoption of a model code sets the stage for a code that is adaptable to new technologies and emerging trends, while also being easily maintained going forward. It taps into the depth and expertise of the NFPA’s voluntary code development process.”
Those Massachusetts organizations that do not already adhere to NFPA 1 standards should soon begin to ensure that they have adopted the 2012 edition as modified by the state: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/dfs/osfm/boards/specific-meetings/publichearingdraftofmassamendmentstorevisedfiresafetycode-2-.pdf
To learn more about the new Massachusetts fire safety code, visit the MA Department of Fire Services website: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dfs/dfs2/osfm/fire-prev/comprehensive-model-fire-code.html
If you have any questions, please contact Alex Wong Berman at 508.970.0033 ext. 126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following is an update from the EPA Superfund, TRI, EPCRA, RMP & Oil Information Center:
On September 30, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a rule to finalize the addition of a nonylphenol category to the list of toxic chemicals subject to TRI reporting under EPCRA Section 313 (79 FR 58686). EPA has determined that this category meets the EPCRA Section 313(d)(2)(C) toxicity criterion based on available ecological toxicity data. EPA listed the nonylphenol category as a delimited category defined by a list of chemical names and Chemical Abstract Service Registry Numbers (CASRNs) rather than by a chemical structure. This final rule is effective on September 30, 2014, and shall apply for the reporting year beginning January 1, 2015 (reports due July 1, 2016).
Additional information, including the final rule, is available at the following URL:
For questions about this final rule or the TRI regulations in general, please contact EPA’s Superfund, TRI, EPCRA, RMP & Oil Information Center at:
(800) 424-9346 — Toll Free
(703) 412-9810 — Metropolitan DC area and international calls
To speak with an Information Specialist, please call between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, eastern time.
To speak with a specialist at CAPACCIO, please call Travis Wheeler at 508.970.0033 ext. 115 or email@example.com or Jill Vernes at 608,970.0033 ext. 136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
New England Regional Office
September 30, 2014
Contact: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017
Re: Draft Storm Sewer General Permit for 200+ Small Massachusetts Municipalities Will Help Clean Water Protection
BOSTON – EPA is releasing for public comment draft general permit for small “Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems” (MS4) located in Mass. The new permits, when finalized, will update efforts in up to 260 municipalities, better protecting rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and wetlands across Massachusetts.
EPA previously released draft general permits for small MS4s in North Coastal Watersheds in 2010 and in the Interstate, Merrimack and South Coastal Watersheds in 2011. In response to many of the public comments submitted previously, and the availability of new technical and census information, EPA has revised the two general permits into one document and is now releasing the revised draft general permits for public input. EPA has also made changes to the newly proposed draft permit in response to public comments seeking more clarity, guidance and flexibility in meeting permit requirements.
The draft general permit, a detailed fact sheet, and information on public meetings and public hearing can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/MS4_MA.html
To read EPA’s full press release, please visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/e34e1b71021cf54885257d63005ba5b4!opendocument