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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
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
251 Causeway Street, Suite 101
Boston, MA 02114-2153
Tel: 617-626-1650
24/7 Emergergy Tel: 1-800-632-8075 (within Mass. onnly)

The Office of Law Enforcement enforces all the rules and regulations promulgated by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, including those relating to pollution, hunting, littering, shellfishing, lobstering, and hazardous waste. The office has been organized into the Coastal, Inland, Environmental Crimes, and Marine Theft Bureaus, (see below). For ATV, Boat, OHV, Ski-Snowmobile Registration and Safety bureaus see G9.

Coastal Enforcement Bureau:
30 Shipyard Drive, Building 45
Hingham, MA 02043
Tel: 781-470-1163
Tel: 781-470-2442
Tel: 781-470-2577

Inland Enforcement Bureau:
183 Milk Street
Westborough, MA 01581
Tel: 508-366-6537
Tel: 508-366-6420

Environmental Crimes Bureau:
Attorney General's Office
One Ashburton Place, Room 1811
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-727-2200

Marine Theft Bureau:
251 Causeway Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-626-1666

Gloucester Regioanl Office:
Two Fish Pier
Gloucester, MA 01930
Tel: 978-283-7764

G14 Environmental Strike Force
Department of Environmental Protection
One Winter Street, 3rd. Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-556-1000
Environmental Emergencies (spills) Toll Free: 1-88-304-1133 (within Mass. only)
Environmental Crimes Toll Free: 1-888-846-5283 (within Mass. only)

The Environmental Strike Force is an inter-agency environmental law enforcement unit comprised of experienced scientific, technical, and legal staff from MassDEP; environmental police officers and state police; and prosecutors from the Office of the Attorney General. Citizens are encouraged to call their local fire department first, then the Strike Force when 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: 617-626-1031
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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