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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Environment/Energy: Enforcement

G13 Massachusetts Environmental Police

G14 Environmental Strike Force

G15 Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Unit

G13 Massachusetts Environmental Police
Office of Law Enforcement
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
251 Causeway Street, Suite 101
Boston, MA 02114-2153
Tel: 617-626-1650
Boat & Recreational Vehicle Registrations: 617-626-1610
Hingham HQ: 781-740-1163
Westborough HQ: 508-366-6537
Toll Free: 1-800-632-8075 (within Mass. only)
Fax: 617-626-1670

The division enforces all the rules and regulations promulgated by the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, including those relating to pollution, hunting, littering, shellfishing, lobstering, and hazardous waste. This division also accepts reports of violations of environmental laws. It administers the rules and regulations as well as licensing and registrations regarding boats 14 feet or longer, or with engines and recreational vehicles (ATV's), which can be done online. The office has been reorganized into the Inland Enforcement, Hazardous Waste, Coastal Enforcement, Marine Theft, Boat and Recreational Vehicle, and Boat and RV Registration bureaus.

Boat and RV Registration Offices, Boston (above) and:

218 South Main Street
Fall River, MA 02721
Tel: 508-679-8287
Fax: 508-679-0066

60 Perseverance Way
Hyannis, MA 02601
Tel: 508-771-8382
Fax: 508-771-2334

165 Liberty Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Tel: 413-733-1642
Fax: 413-733-2154

67 Millbrook Street
Worcester, MA 01606
Tel: 508-753-0603
Fax: 508-752-6132

G14 Environmental Strike Force
Department of Environmental Protection
One Winter Street, 3rd. Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-556-1000
Toll Free: 1-888-VIOLATE (846-5283) (within Mass. only)

The Strike Force is an inter-agency environmental law enforcement unit. It is comprised of scientific and technical staff from DEP, uniformed police officers from other environmental agencies, and prosecutors from the office of the attorney general. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Strike Force whenever they see or suspect illegal dumping or other environmental violations. All calls are handled confidentially.

G15 Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Unit (MEPA)
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-626-1020
Fax: 617-626-1181

MEPA is the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, MG.L. C.30, Ss.61-62H. The current statute was enacted in 1977. Current MEPA regulations, 301 CMR 11.00, were promulgated in 1998. The statute requires that all agencies of the Commonwealth determine the impact on the natural environment of all works, projects, or activities conducted by them and use all practicable means and measures to avoid or minimize the environmental harm that has been identified. It also provides the procedure (using the Environmental Impact Reports or, EIRs) by which that obligation will be satisfied and authorizes the Secretary of Environmental Affairs to oversee the review process. MEPA applies to projects directly undertaken by state agencies and to private projects for which state permits are sought or in which state funding or land transfer is involved; the MEPA regulations set up project review thresholds.  MEPA does not apply to projects needing only local approvals. MEPA also publishes the Environmental Monitor. 

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