State and Federal Requirements
Yarmouth Wastewater Project
The creation of a new wastewater system is a daunting task guided by two types of laws; laws and agencies that guide the implementation of the project, and laws or agencies that will take action if progress is not completed in a timely fashion. This page outlines both the act of moving forward and the possible consequences of not moving forward.
Wastewater infrastructure is a crucial component to improve the environment and sustain good water quality in Yarmouth. Proper attention to regulatory guidance is important to the development of these systems to ensure the outcome of the project achieves its highest potential. In addition to regulations there are funding sources, such as the State Revolving Loan Fund, that require a specific application process and stipulations on system parameters. These regulations require a timetable which becomes the basis for the project sequence. Primary regulations such as the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act establish the foundation of the permitting stream for the project. Regulatory requirements exist at all levels (local, state, and federal). Therefore it is crucial to develop the town’s wastewater project to achieve these required approvals.
Adhering to regulations during project implementation is crucial, however no action and continued environmental degradation can lead to another regulatory problem - the cost of doing nothing. Lawsuits from environmental groups become an issue as environmental degradation continues and a solution is not proceeding. The worse the problem becomes the more likelihood action will be taken. As indicated in articles below, the impact is not limited to the municipality. Stipulations in lawsuits, such as a moratorium on septic connections, can cause serious impacts to property owners. Invariably lawsuits lead to an expedited implementation of a required solution, which limits the municipality’s control over the project.
The Town of Yarmouth moving forward with a wastewater project that is within local, state, and federal guidelines is a viable approach which will mitigate environmental deterioration. If no action is taken the Town, along with its residents and businesses, could be placed in a position of not having complete control over the eventual project and its costs.
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- Towns of Barnstable and Mashpee sued over water quality, lawsuit seeks to halt septic installations
- Wequassett Inn and Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich sued over water pollution
- EPA sued of septic pollution of Cape Cod bays
- EPA announces settlement of Cape Cod nutrient pollution lawsuits
- City of Frederick (MD) sued for pollution of Monocacy River
- EPA sued for nutrient pollution in Missouri lakes
- EPA sued for nitrogen pollution in Puget Sound
- EPA sued for nutrient pollution in Montana Rivers
State and Federal Regulations Documents:
- MassDEP Presentation to Yarmouth WRAC (6.27.2022)
- MassDEP Letter Regarding Regulatory Strategy (6.1.2022)
- Yarmouth Presentation on NPC Submittal to MEPA
- Massachusetts State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Program
- Massachusetts SRF Clean Water Program
- Massachusetts SRF Workshop Presentation
- Massachusetts - Getting an SRF Loan
- Massachusetts Clean Water State Revolving Fund
- State Revolving Loan Funds General Provisions
- Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program Eligible Project Costs
- Drinking Water State Revolving Funds Regulations
- EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
- MEPA Regulations
- Massachusetts MEPA Projects