FILED ON: 1/31/2020

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 4414



The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court



An Act relative to solid waste disposal facilities.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1.  Section 150A of Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the fourth paragraph the following paragraph:-

The board of health of a city or town that is within one-half mile of a facility that is being operated, maintained or expanded may adopt reasonable rules and regulations to protect the public health from unnecessary or excessive noise; frequent and unwarranted smoke; and obnoxious odors. Said board of health shall have the authority to issue reasonable orders, citations and civil penalties for any violation of the board of health’s rules and regulations relating to controlling such noise, smoke or obnoxious orders.

             SECTION 2. Section 150A½ of said chapter 111 of the General Laws, as so appearing. is hereby amended by striking out clause (9) and inserting in place thereof the following clause:-

(9) the potential for adverse impacts on air quality to include, frequent and unwarranted smoke, and strong and obnoxious odors.

SECTION 3. Said section 150A½ of said chapter 111 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting the word “from”, in line 21, the following word:-  excessive