Draft Amendments to Title 5 Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is proposing to amend the Title 5 regulations, 310 CMR 15.000, to enhance protection of embayments and estuaries—particularly on Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts—from nitrogen pollution originating primarily from wastewater. The proposed amendments will add nitrogen reduction provisions within natural resource areas for Title 5 systems. MassDEP is also proposing new related regulations at 314 CMR 21.00 to provide a voluntary watershed permitting approach to control nitrogen and other pollutants from entering the embayments and estuaries.

The draft regulations will be published on the MassDEP website at: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/massdep-public-hearings-comment-opportunities.

MassDEP will conduct three public hearings:

In-person & Remote, MassDEP, 20 Riverside Dr., Lakeville, MA, November 30, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Register for remote session in advance at:

Remote Only, December 1, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Register in advance at: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BTOR_A3oSI6EZm56mYdoRw

In-person & Remote, Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main St., Hyannis, MA, December 5, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Register for remote session in advance at: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f_YXLbaZRRyJsmdYrtDjNQ

After registering for remote sessions, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You do not need to register in advance to attend either of the hearings in-person. Comments on the proposed revisions may be presented orally at the public hearing.
This information is available in alternate format Contact Glynis Bugg at 617-348-4040. TTY# MassRelay Service 1-800-439-2370

Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on December 16, 2022. All comments submitted
must include the name and contact information of the person providing the comments.

If you have any questions or would like to request a copy of the proposed amendments, please contact Marybeth Chubb by email at marybeth.chubb@mass.gov.