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EBC Site Remediation & Redevelopment Committee and Solid Waste Committee Program: Management of Urban Soil

May 7, 2014 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
One Financial Center
Boston MA 02110

Management of urban soils presents one of the most challenging issues for site development in Massachusetts today. Urban development requires excavation, and excavated materials must be transported for disposal or reuse. Even when a development site is not associated with an MCP disposal site, urban soil often contains some amount of oil or hazardous material. Regulatory requirements for characterization, transportation, disposal and reuse of urban soil have been less than clear.

While not a solid waste, contaminated urban soil may be used as daily cover or grading material or for other uses at landfills. With the number of active landfills diminishing and no new landfill permitting on the horizon, the availability and capacity of Massachusetts landfills to take urban soil is limited. There is a need for other disposal or reuse locations.  MassDEP’s “similar soil” guidance clarifies one aspect of soil re-use arising under the MCP, but it addresses only a limited band of soil and soil reuse options. In addition, there are transportation impacts (noise, traffic, dust, greenhouse gas) and costs, stockpiling and scheduling issues associated with the construction projects, and liability concerns arising out of the characterization, excavation, transportation, and disposal or reuse of urban soils.

MassDEP recognizes the need for clear regulatory options and is in the process of evaluating different approaches it may take to manage soils that fall between “similar soils” and “remediation waste”.

At this EBC program we will have experts from MassDEP and industry familiar with urban soil practices to discuss soil management in Massachusetts.
Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Program Co-Chairs

  Robert D. Cox, Jr., Partner, Bowditch & Dewey LLP

  Michelle N. O’Brien, Managing Shareholder, Mackie Shea O’Brien, P.C.


  • Kelly McQueeney, P.E., LSP, LEED AP, Associate Director – Remediation and Project Support Services, Environmental Health & Safety, Harvard University
  • Bryan P. Sweeney, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Vice President, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
  • Jon Simpson, Senior Project Manager, Charter Environmental
  • Sarah Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Waste Prevention, MassDEP
  • Paul Locke, Director of Response & Remediation, Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup, MassDEP

Visit the Presentations section of the EBC website to view the available presentations from this program.

View Final Agenda