Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Environment/Energy: Business / Community Liaison and Aid

G6 Business Compliance Division

G7 Division of Municipal Services

G8 Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Technology

G9 Massachusetts STrategic Envirotechnology Partnerships

G6 Business Compliance Division
Bureau of Waste Prevention
Department of Environmental Protection
One Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-292-5500
Information Line: 617-338-2255
Toll Free: Info Line: 1-800-462-0444 (within Mass. only)
TTY: 617-574-6868 or 1-800-298-2207 (within Mass. only)
Fax: 617-292-5778

The Business Compliance Division's mission is to ensure all businesses operate in a manner which protects the environment and human health. Tools (e.g. certifications, permits, assessments, enforcement, and outreach) will be used selectively to achieve desired outcomes. Through its Environmental Results Program, designed to streamline the permit process, businesses such as dry cleaners (those that perform on-site cleaning and even smaller ones not subject to federal standards), commercial printers and photo developers will need to demonstrate compliance to ensure safe discharge or transport of wastewater or Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs) emission, leak-detection, and installation of new environmentally-safe equipment.

G7 Division of Municipal Services
Bureau of Resource Protection
Department of Environmental Protection
One Winter Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-292-5779
Fax: 617-292-5850

The mission of the Division of Municipal Services is to preserve water quality and abate pollution by providing technical and financial assistance for municipal water and wastewater infrastructure projects and encouraging implementation of innovative and alternative decentralized solutions to municipal water and wastewater management problems. The Division works to expand and upgrade the Commonwealth's water related infrastructure by providing grants and loans to municipalities and districts to finance the planning, design, and construction of wastewater treatment plants, infiltration and inflow reduction projects, combined sewer overflow correction projects, collection systems, water supply treatment, water filtration, water meter modernization, and water audit leak detection. Secondary to the environmental gains this program achieves are significant benefits in the areas of job growth in the construction industry and substantial relief for the water and sewer rate payers throughout the Commonwealth.

G8 Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA)
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-626-1060
Toxic Use Reduction Program Tel: 617-292-5711 Fax: 617-626-1095

The Office of Technical Assistance and Technology, a branch of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, is a nonregulatory state agency whose mission is to assist industry in reducing the use of toxic substances and/or the generation of toxic byproducts. OTA's confidential, nonregulatory services are available at no charge to Massachusetts businesses and institutions that use toxic chemicals. The Office was established by the 1989 Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA).

G9 Massachusetts STrategic Envirotechnology Partnership (STEP)
Green Business and Technology
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
251 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-626-1197

Established in 1994, the Massachusetts STrategic Envirotechnology Partnership is a joint program between the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and the University of Massachusetts to develop and promote technology-based solutions to environmental problems in the Commonwealth. This is done through a combination of research, regulatory, business and technical support. Note: This program is currently not being financially supported, information may still be available from the phone/e-mail address above.

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