General Laws

Section 16A. In cases where the prohibition in section fifteen against discharges of municipal wastes into the ocean sanctuaries may not further the purposes of the act, such discharges may be allowed; provided, however, that a suitable quality of effluent is achieved to protect the appearance, ecology, and marine resources of the sanctuary; and, provided further that the department of environmental protection, in its discretion, upon application, grants a variance from the prohibitions of said section fifteen for the proposed discharges, subject to the provisions of sections sixteen B to sixteen F, inclusive.