Best Management Practice. A method that has been determined to be the most effective, practical means of preventing or reducing pollution from non-point sources.
Best Demonstrated Available Technology.
Below Detection Limit.
below ground surface.
Base- Neutral and Acid Extractable Organics.
Biological Oxygen Demand. The amount of oxygen consumed by bacteria in a water sample while decomposing organic matter under aerobic conditions. BOD5 is the amount of oxygen demand exerted over a 5-day period.
Board of Health. A Massachusetts Municipal board, elected or appointed, responsible for septic system permits and inspections, restaurant inspection, beach closures, and other public health matters.
Bill of Lading. A document between a shipper and a carrier and a shipper and consignee which serves as a receipt for the goods to be delivered to a designated person or to his order.
MA DEP Bureau of Policy and Planning.
the Massachusetts DEP Bureau of Resource Protection.
Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene and Xylenes.
Body Weight of the receptor of concern during the period of exposure.
the Massachusetts DEP Bureau of Waste Prevention.
the Massachusetts DEP Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup.
Massachusetts General Law Chapter 21E. The state law regulating cleanup of hazardous wastes.
either (a) Celsius or Centigradeorunits Conversion factor.
the federal Clean Air Act administered by the US EPA.
either: (a) Downgradient Property Statusor(b) the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety.
Data Quality Objectives.
Destruction Removal Efficiency.
the Massachusetts DEP Division of Solid Waste Management.
the Massachusetts DEP Division of Water Pollution Control.
the Massachusetts DEP Division of Water Supply.
MA DEP Division of Wetlands and Waterways.
Electron Capture Detector.
Exclusive Economic Zone. Those marine areas under the jurisdiction of the federal government. Generally, the area between the three mile state jurisdiction and 200 miles.
Extremely Hazardous Substance.
Environmental Impact Report. A document that may be required by the Massachusetts MEPA office upon submission of an ENF.
Environmental Impact Statement. Specifically, the document required by federal agencies pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act for major projects or legislative proposals significantly affecting the environment. The EIS is a decision-making tool, and includes the positive and negative effects of the undertaking and includes possible alternative actions.
Excess Lifetime Cancer Risk.
Environmental Notification Form. An application form submitted under the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act. Generally ENF are required only for large projects that meet certain thresholds.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Exposure Point Concentration.
Emergency Planning and Community Right- to- Know Act.
Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons.
Effects Range Low.
Effects Range Median.
1) extraction, treatment, and infiltration when dealing with plumes and groundwater contamination. 2) Environmental Technology Initiative: an EPA program of the late 1990s to promote new environmental technologies, .
Federal Aviation Administration.
Falmouth Associations Concerned with Estuaries and Salt Ponds.
Food & Drug Administration.
Final Environmental Impact Report.
Final Environmental Impact Statement.
Focused Feasibility Study.
Flame Ionization Detector.
the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
National (Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution) Contingency Plan.
either (a) Not Detectedor(b) Non- Detect.
New England Fisheries Management Council.
National Estuary Program. A coastal watershed management program established by Section 320 of the Clean Water Act, and administered by the US EPA. Currently their are 28 NEPs. The NEPs focuses on implementing watershed management plans called CCMPs.
National Environmental Policy Act.
MA DEP Northeast Regional Office.
National Estuarine Research Reserve System. A coastal watershed management program established and administered by NOAA. The NERRS program focuses on research and education.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.
No Further Action.
The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service.
1) Nitrous Oxides. 2) Symbolism for Nitrates (NO3) plus Nitrites (NO2) in water.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance Contingency Plan.
Notice of Noncompliance.
Notice of Responsibility.
Notice of Response Action.
National Ocean Service, a unit within NOAA.
Nonpoint Source Pollution. Generally diffuse or multiple small sources of pollution discharged from a geographic area of any size. Generally, the cumulative input of many pollution sources that do not require separate regulatory permits.
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Authorization to discharge into surface waters of the U.S. issued by the Environmental Protection Agency in Massachusetts, pursuant to the 1977 Clean Water Act. Massachusetts is one of two non-delegated states.
Polychlorinated Biphenyls. Any of the 209 possible molecules having multiple chlorine atoms attached to the carbon atoms of a biphenyl (two carbon ring) nucleus.
Polychlorinated Dibenzo Dioxins.
Polychlorinated Dibenzo Furans.
Potential Drinking Water Source Area.
OSHA Permissable Exposure Limit.
Programmatic General Permit (ACOE). A simplified wetlands filling Army Corp permit issued for wetland fillings below a certain size threshold. Under the PGP, projects are categorized as I or II. Category I projects represent minor impacts to State waters and are non-reporting to the ACOE. Category II projects represent more than minor impacts to State waters and must be reviewed at a monthly screening meeting where appropriate State and Federal agencies review the project.
parts per billion also equal to micrograms per liter (mg/l).
Personal protective equipment.
parts per million by volume.
parts per million, also equal to milligrams per liter (mg/l).
in the measurement of salinity, equals parts per thousand or grams per liter (mg/l), but for low level contamination may also equal parts per trillion or nanograms per liter.
Practical Quantization Limit.
Preliminary Response Action.
Potentially Responsible Party.
Prevention of Significant Deterioration.
the US EPA's Cancer Assessment Group's published cancer slope value.
Quality Assurance Quality Control. A plan to ensure that data collected is reliable and accurate.
1) remedial action 2) EPA Regional Administrator.
Reasonably Available Control Technology.
Relative Absorption Factor.
Release Abatement Measure.
Response Action Outcome - Partial.
Response Action Performance Standard.
the groundwater Reporting Category RCGW- 1.
the groundwater Reporting Category RCGW- 2.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976.
the soil Reporting Category RCS- 1.
the soil Reporting Category RCS- 2.
U.S. EPA's published Reference Concentration.
U.S. EPA's published Reference Dose.
either: (a) Request for Informationor(b) RCRA Facility Investigation.
Request for Proposals. A solicitation for services.
Request for Responses. A solicitation for services or bids release by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study. An detailed study designed to gather data needed to determine the nature and extent of contamination at a Superfund site, establish site cleanup criteria; identify preliminary alternatives for remedial action, and support technical and cost analyses of alternatives. The remedial investigation usually includes a feasibility study, which is an analysis of the practicability and cost-effectiveness of the proposed cleanup strategy and alternatives.
Total Maximum Daily Load. A regulatory limit, generally a mass load or concentration, need to protect living resources. In the US Clean Water Act, Section 303(d), and state regulations, a TMDL is the quantity of a pollutant that can be assimilated by a water body and still meet water quality objectives.
Total Nitrogen [in a water sample]. Calculated by either adding TKN + Ammonia, or by adding TON plus NOx using the persulfate method.
Total Organic Carbon.
Threat of Release.
Total Organic Vapors.
Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons measured using Gas Chromatography and a Flame Ionization Detector.
Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons measured using Infrared Analysis.
Universal Transverse Mercator. The grid system found on USGS topographic maps.
Volatile Organic Compound.
Volatile Petroleum Hydrocarbons.
Waquoit Bay National Estuarial Research Reserve
MA DEP Western Regional Office.
Wetlands Protection Act. The Massachusetts state law (MGL 130) for the protection of wetlands. Also establishes the authority of municipal Conservation Commissions.
Water Quality-Based Effluent Limits applied to dischargers when mere technology-based limitations would cause violations of water quality standards. Usually applied to discharges into small streams.
[Ambient] Water Quality Criteria.
Water Quality Standards are adopted by law or regulation, pursuant to the Clean Water Act, and consist of the beneficial designated use or uses of a waterbody, the numeric and narrative water quality criteria that are necessary to protect the use or uses of that particular waterbody, and an antidegradation statement.
Waste Water Treatment Facility. Equivalent to WWTP.
Waste Water Treatment Plant. Equivalent to WWTF.
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