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Environment/Energy: Licensing

G22 Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals

G23 Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources

G22 Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals
Department of Environmental Protection
One Winter Street, 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-556-1091

This board determines whether applicants meet the criteria to obtain a license as a Licensed Site Professional (commonly referred to as LSPs). Chapter 21A: 19-19J of the Massachusetts General Laws required the establishment of this board and the licensure of LSPs, who issue Waste Site Cleanup Activity Opinions. These opinions, filed with the Department of Environmental Protection, describe whether contamination is present at a particular site, the work needed for site cleanup, and whether that work has been completed. Other professionals in the field of waste site cleanup may continue to provide their services without a license, particularly in assessing properties which may or may not become chosen as sites targeted for cleanup by the state. However, when the Department of Environmental Protection requires a Waste Site Cleanup Activity Opinion, it must be prepared by an LSP.

G23 Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR)
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Office of Coastal Zone Management
251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
Boston, MA 02114-2199
Tel: 617-626-1141

Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 6, sections 179-180, and Chapter 91, section 63, the Board is charged with the responsibility of encouraging the discovery and reporting, as well as the preservation and protection, of underwater archaeological resources. Generally, those resources are defined as abandoned property, artifacts, treasure troves, and shipwrecks which have remained unclaimed for over 100 years, or exceed a value of $5,000, or are judged by the Board to be of historical value. The Commonwealth holds title to these resources and retains regulatory authority over their use. The Board's jurisdiction extends over the inland and coastal waters of the state.

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