The Massachusetts Environmental Protection Law was passed in 1972 and remains in effect, with the state’s Department of Environmental Protection now taking steps to revise it in the near future.
The legislation requires states to protect their waters, land, air, and waterways from pollution and toxic substances, and set clear standards for what those chemicals are.
It is one of the most comprehensive environmental protection laws in the country.
Massachusetts passed the law in response to the 1976 Exxon Valdez oil spill, which killed 11 people and contaminated about 3,500 square miles of Alaska.
Since then, it has helped protect the state from pollution, which has increased in recent years due to climate change and the use of new technologies.
The EPA has been working on a draft of the draft legislation for more than a year, and the draft is expected to be released next month.
The draft, which is due out in April, will set the stage for the EPA to draft new regulations on the Clean Water Act and other environmental protections.
Under the new legislation, states must also establish guidelines for how much pollution a facility must reduce in order to meet its obligations under the law.
That means it could be years before states can comply with the law, and many of the guidelines are voluntary.
In some cases, those guidelines could be so stringent that some facilities might be able to meet the law’s requirements for only a fraction of their emissions.
The new law would require that facilities reduce emissions by 30 percent to 40 percent from their present levels, which could take several years.
Massachuetts and the other Massachusetts communities that have already passed local laws to limit emissions are also working on legislation that will require them to do so.
Charlie Baker, a Republican, has expressed his support for the bill.
“The Massachusetts Clean Water Law is a major step forward in protecting our water and our health, and I applaud the Governor’s leadership in bringing it to the table for the first time,” said Chris Mears, executive director of the American Lung Association, which supports the law for its strong environmental protections, according to the Associated Press.
Charlie Bay (R) speaks at the American Health Care Act rally in Springfield, Mass., June 26, 2021.AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin,FileMore:Massachusetts is not the only state to pass legislation to limit greenhouse gases.
Several other states have also enacted laws that would require emissions reductions.
Massachusetts is one such state.
A number of environmental groups, including the Environmental Defense Fund, are currently suing to overturn the new law in federal court, arguing that the state is violating the Clean Air Act.
The suit, filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council, was filed in federal district court in New York on June 13, according the New York Times.
The Massachusetts Environmental Action Alliance and other legal groups have argued that the law is overreaching and has the potential to harm businesses and residents by forcing them to relocate.