MassDOT and the Town of Sudbury have submitted the Environmental Notification Form (ENF) for the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Project to the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency (MEPA).
The timeline for the MEPA process is as follows:
- The notice of the ENF will be published by the Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs in the Environmental Monitor and Metro West Daily News: November 22, 2021
- Virtual Consultation Session will be held: December 7, 2021 at 10 AM. Please see the announcement or email [email protected] for more information.
- Comment deadline: December 13, 2021
- Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs issues Certificate: December 22, 2021
Where can I find the ENF?
The Town has provided the ENF on the website at the following link:
Copies of the ENF may be requested from:
Bryan Cordeiro, MassDOT
Phone: (857) 368-8813
Email: [email protected]
Copies of the ENF are also available at the Sudbury Conservation Commission and Planning Board offices.
How can I comment on the ENF?
- All persons wishing to comment on the project should email [email protected].
- Mail correspondence will continue to be accepted, though responses may be delayed. Mail correspondence should be directed to:
Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge St., Suite 900
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
Attention: MEPA Office, Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Project, MassDOT Project 608164
MEPA in Context
The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act applies to State Agencies and project proponents which must study the environmental consequences of their actions and identify environmental impacts, review alternatives, and develop mitigation measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate damage to the environment. The MEPA ENF filing is required for the BFRT project because of state agency (MassDOT) involvement in and funding for the project and the need for State Agency Permits (Chapter 91 Determination of Applicability/Minor Modification and MBTA Access Permit), as well as the exceedance of MEPA review thresholds requiring the submission of an ENF. The review thresholds exceeded for the BFRT project are:
- Creation of five or more acres of impervious area and
- Provided a permit is required, alteration of one half or more acres of any other wetland.
MEPA is not a permitting process, but through the review process the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs makes recommendations to ensure appropriate environmental impacts are avoided, minimized, and mitigated.
For more information on the Sudbury BFRT project, please visit Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Sudbury Information.