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Web Site Focuses on Combustion Facilities

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The seven waste-to energy plants in Massachusetts are the focus of a new DEP Web site. These electricity-producing facilities, also known as municipal waste combustors, burn about three-quarters of the household and commercial trash that needs to be disposed in the Commonwealth.

The Web site provides an overview of the role municipal waste combustors play in the Massachusetts' solid waste management system, how they operate and are regulated, and the progress that the five largest facilities are making toward reducing their emissions of targeted air pollutants.

Among the facilities' achievements has been an 85 percent reduction in mercury emissions from pre-1998 levels. Much of this improvement can be attributed to a DEP tool for preventing pollution from entering the combustion process. The agency requires facility operators to submit Material Separation Plans that describe how they will prevent discarded items that contain mercury from entering their plants.

In the first year that they were required to submit Material Separation Plans, the operators of the five largest facilities in Massachusetts collaborated on a consumer education and outreach campaign, and individually undertook a variety of other activities, including thermometer exchanges, fluorescent bulb collections, and related programs. These efforts were expected to reach approximately half of the state's population.

The Web site provides information about emissions of specific pollutants and operating conditions and compares environmental performance across the industry in Massachusetts. Information about DEP's compliance and enforcement activities at each combustion facility is also provided.

More Info mass.gov/dep/mwc/
Project Contact
Name Patricia Arp
Phone 508-792-7650 ext. 2771
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Multimedia Inspections & Permitting
Activity Keywords Website updates
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 3, Fall 2003


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