EBC Noise Program: MassDEP Noise Policy Implementation – Have You Heard About It?


Date: March 28, 2018


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Environmental Business Council of New England


The MassDEP Noise Policy requires some applicants for pre-construction approval of a new source of air pollution to demonstrate that their project will not increase the sound level by more than 10 decibels above existing levels at the property line and at the nearest residence. The MassDEP requires some applicants to go beyond compliance with the Policy, requiring a determination of the sound mitigation measures that deliver the lowest sound level increase above background that is technologically and economically feasible. However, it is not always clear what methodology or criteria will be used to make such a determination, leaving applicants without cost or design certainty when it comes to the level of sound mitigation that will be required. This EBC program will explore how the MassDEP Noise Policy is being interpreted and implemented, its legal enforceability within local jurisdictions, how its implementation impacts project planning and facility operations, and the technical challenges associated with demonstrating compliance with the Policy when the assessment protocols and compliance thresholds are not always clear. This will be an event of great interest to anyone who is considering proposing a project or is involved with a project in Massachusetts that will require an air approval from the MassDEP.

Final Agenda – EBC Noise Program – MassDEP Noise Policy Implementation – Have You Heard About It

Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.0 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.



Program Chair:

  • Mike Feinblatt, Vice President, Environmental Compliance & Monitoring, ESS Group, Inc.

Speaker Agenda:

MassDEP and Municipal Legal Authority to Regulate Noise

  • Dan Bailey, Partner, Pierce Atwood LLP

Noise Concerns in an Industrial Setting

  • Joseph Dufresne, Manager, Site Environmental Compliance and Planning, Saint-Gobain Abrasives

Technical Aspects of MassDEP Noise Regulations

  • Michael Bahtiarian, Principal Consultant, Acentech

Attendee List

Rachel Ackerman MassCEC Senior Manager
Audrey Allen Amec Foster Wheeler Chemical Engineer
Chris Bajdek HMMH Principal Consultant
Dana Buske Independent Air Consulting President
Clint Cyr Epsilon Associates, Inc. Project Engineer
Marc Goldstein Beveridge & Diamond Principal
Nick Grote Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. Senior EH&S Scientist (SES-I)
George Hailer Lawson & Weitzen, LLP Attorney
Stephanie Herbster Aggregate Industries Area Land and Environment Manager
Simona Holacsek TRC SPM
Erik Kalapinski Tetra Tech, Inc. Principal Consultant
Timothy Kucab Tighe & Bond Project Manager
Richard Lampeter Epsilon Associates, Inc. Associate
Lysa Modica Amec Foster Wheeler Senior Project Manager
Paul Murphy CAAssociates President
Vincent Parilla Home Market Foods EHS Specialist
Jena Shaw Sanborn Head & Associates Project Engineer
John Shea Mackie Shea Shareholder
John Spadea U.S. Environmental Rental Corp National Sales Manager
Quan Tat VHB Project Engineer
Kurt Tramposch MWRA Water Supply Citizen’s Advisory Committee (WSCAC) Member – Executive Committee
Kristjan Varnik DNV GL Acoustic Engineer
Peter von Au TRC Senior Industrial Hygienist
Marc Wallace Tech Environmental, Inc. Vice President


The available presentations from the EBC Noise Program: MassDEP Noise Policy Implementation – Have You Heard About It? completed on March 28, 2018, can be viewed below.

Presentations – EBC Noise Program – MassDEP Noise Policy Implementation – Have You Heard About It

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