Protection of surface and groundwater resources is a high priority at Logan and Massport meets or exceeds all state and federal water quality regulations. A major component of Massport's water pollution prevention program is the development and implementation of a comprehensive stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP). The SWPPP integrates both water quality treatment and monitoring programs.
The Federal Clean Water Act requires permits for pollutant discharges into United States waters from a point source and for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activities. Permits are issued under the Federal EPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program.
Presently, Massport holds two NPDES permits for Logan Airport: one permit for stormwater discharges from the four major outfalls at the airport; another permit for treated water discharges from fire-fighting operations at the Fire Training Facility on Governors Island. To ensure permit compliance, Massport monitors discharges from Logan Airport and submits regular data reports to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).