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Environmental Permitting

Now that the environmental review process is complete, MassDOT can obtain the permits required to build South Coast Rail. Work to secure the permits is already underway. This process is expected a take up to two years, but it will not interrupt the project’s advancement. Final design will develop concurrently.

To build South Coast Rail, MassDOT is required to seek Coastal Zone Management Consistency Determination approval and apply for the following permits:

  • US Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Permit (in process)
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act Permit 
  • MassDEP Water Quality Certificate
  • MassDEP Waterways Licenses for Bridges
  • Massachusetts National Heritage & Endangered Species Program Conservation and Management Permit
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Construction Permit
  • US Coast Guard Bridge Permits

Key steps in the environmental permitting process include:

  • Refining the engineering design for track, bridges and stations to further minimize unavoidable impacts to wetlands, rare species and other resources
  • Developing documentation on historic properties and structures affected by the project
  • Developing detailed mitigation measures to compensate for unavoidable impacts to wetlands, floodplains, streams, rare species and historic properties
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