Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee (EEAC)

The Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee (EEAC) provides a discussion forum for members of ACEC/MA to discuss business issues related to the field of environmental engineering and consulting (regulatory, policy, funding sources, networking opportunities). 


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The EEAC's mission is to:

  • Promote programs, activities, and regulations that are beneficial to the environmental consulting community – including both to the consultants and their clients (public, private, and institutional);
  • Review and comment on pending regulation and policies that impact the environmental consulting field (water, wastewater, air, solid waste, hazardous waste, 21E, wetlands, Brownfield’s, funding, grants, etc.); and
  • Liaison with the various agencies that create, impact, and enforce regulation and policy.


Managed by two co-chairs, the EEAC has a membership organized around particular areas of membership expertise and interest. These areas include: water resources and wastewater, regulatory compliance, 21E MCP and site cleanup, wetlands and wildlife, energy and environment, solid waste, and storm water.  All committee members are volunteer representatives from ACEC/MA member firms. Additional participants from member firms are always welcome.


The EEAC meets every month at Aldrich Center at The Engineering Center and presents a general agenda which typically includes: 1) pending regulations being tracked by the committee, 2) status of member involvement in various work groups, 3) coordination of liaison meetings, 4) new issues/policy topics on horizon, and 5) informational session from member(s).  Action items are prepared and approved for each meeting.  Goals for the committee include: establishing a partnering relationship with state regulatory agencies; participating in study and policy groups; playing an active role in professional groups; and providing comment on pending regulation and policies that impact the environmental consulting field, as requested by the Executive Director and the ACEC/MA Board of Directors.


Joseph W. Freeman

BETA Group, Inc.
315 Norwood Park South
Norwood, MA 02062
Main: 781/255-1982
jfreeman @
Caroline Hampton, PE
Water Resources Department Manager
Senior Water Resource Engineer 
101 Walnut Street
PO Box 9151
Watertown, MA 02472-4026
P 617.607.0952 
champton @

Francis W. Yanuskiewicz
Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.
5 Centennial Dr
Peabody, MA 01960-7906

yanuskif @


Board Liason

Michael J. Scipione, PE,

President & CEO

Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.

Five Centennial Dr

Peabody, MA  01960-7906

T:  978/532-1900

scipionm @



Updates (most current at the top):


EEAC + Member Briefing, 9/19/2017 with The Nature Conservancy on Natural and Nature-Based Solutions for Vulnerability Reduction and Resilience:  Sara Burns, Water Resource Scientist and Steve Long, Director of Government Relations:  TNC Presentation
EEAC + Member Briefing, 8/29/2017 with Massachusetts Clean Energy Center:  MassCEC Presentation
EEAC, 5/30/2017 Meeting:  Culvert Replacement Presentation
Engineers and Land Surveyors Day:Water Infrastructure Investment Creates Jobs

4-11-2017: Division of Local Mandates, State Auditor's Office: The Cost of Water Infrastructure: Implications for State Policy and Municipal Budgets - PPT Presentation to ACEC/MA EEAC


Link to full report: Costs, Regulation, and Financing of Massachusetts Water Infrastructure: Implications for Municipal Budgets


Report Executive Summary

1-17-2017: EOEEA Dam and Seawall Repair and Removal Fund - FY2017 Update to ACEC/MA EEAC

1-11-2017:  MassDOT's ESA compliance efforts for the Northern Long-eared Bat - Tim Dexter, MassDOT


1-11-2017: Northern Long-eared Bat briefing from Stacy Minihane, PWS, Beals + Thomas


10/25/2016: Presentation from MA DOER Commissioner Judith Judson
9/22/2016:  Presentation from Brian Dudley, MA DEP, on Cape Cod Water Issues
8/18/2016:  Presentation from Kate Kerigan, Director for the Office of Regulatory & Permit Ombudsman & Special Projects.
5/17/2016:  Presentation from Norman Orall, PE, DCR Chief of Planning and Engineering
4/5/2016: Mass DEP: Upcoming Changes to Infiltration/Inflow Requirements
3/10/2016 and 4/5/2016:  Clean Water Trust and DEP Presentation to Water Infrastructure Alliance
8/18/2015: Implementing the 208 Plan from the Cape Cod Commission
6/24/2015:  Presentation on state funding for Dams and Seawalls
6/24/2015: Presentation on SB1722, the Water Infrastructure P3 Bill
9/9/14: Presentation on Contract Assistance  from MA Clean Water Trust
7/10/14:  ACEC/MA  Comments  on Water Management Act Draft Regulations (310 CMR 36.00) and Guidance, filed on July 10, 2014

4/15/2014:  Presentation on Enterprise Funds  by Mark D. Abrahams, CPA

President, The Abrahams Group.  
2/25/2014:  EOEEA Dam and Seawall Repair and Removal Fund - Program Overview 2014 by John Clarkeson, Director, Dam and Seawal Repair and Removal Fund  Presentation to ACEC/MA EEAC 

11/19/2013: DCR Commissioner Jack Murray's Presentation to ACEC/MA EEAC 

ACEC/MA Comments on Wetlands & Waterways, Water Quality Certification, and Wastewater regulations submitted on May 30, 2013 to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection:  Link

ACEC/MA Comments on the proposed Dam and Seawall Fund Regulations, submitted to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on May 21, 2013:  Link

Briefing on Regulatory Process for Dam and Seawalls Funds, March 2013:  Link
Massachusetts Water Infrastructure Finance Commission Report, May 9, 2012:   Link 
Availability Study: Mass. Department of Environmental Protection and the Mass. Water Pollution Abatement Trust, November 4, 2010:     Link
Minutes from 2-17-11 EAC Meeting with EPA's Thelma Murphy
In FY2009, ACEC/MA sought and received clarification from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust (MWPAT) regarding the "CERTIFICATION OF REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER WITH REGARD TO USEFUL LIFE."  As a result of ACEC/MA's efforts, MWPAT implemented this form.