SECTION 1. Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 142A the following section:-
Section 142A 1/2. The department shall require compliance with the provisions of section 146 of chapter 164 as a condition of any operating permit it issues to a gas company for a station subject to the provisions of said section 146 of said chapter 164. For purposes of this section, “operating permit” shall mean any permit or group of permits issued by the department covering emission units for facilities subject to permitting requirements promulgated pursuant to section 142A.
The department of environmental protection may promulgate such rules or regulations as may be necessary to implement this section.
SECTION 2. Chapter 164 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 146. Prior to operating metering station or checking station, a gas company shall, at its own expense, contract with an independent third party, selected or approved by the department of environmental protection, to test the air quality within 2 miles of the station. After the gas company begins operating such station, the gas company shall, at its own expense, contract with an independent third party, selected or approved by the department of environmental protection, to test the air quality of the station, provided that it is still in operation, at the following intervals:
(i) Testing shall be done at the same locations within 2 miles of the station.
(ii) Once within each 6 month period from the date the station begins operating until the expiration of 2 years.
(iii) Once every other year thereafter.
The independent third party shall be capable of detecting low level concentrations of pollutants and identifying any individual volatile organic compounds to determine if the emissions from such stations are potentially harmful to public health and welfare. The independent third party shall report the results of all tests conducted pursuant to this section to the department of public utilities, the department of environmental protection, the department of public health and the local board of health in the municipality in which the station is located.
SECTION 3. This act shall not apply to compressor stations, metering stations or checking stations in operation on or before February 01, 2016.
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