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Reducing the use of water, energy and materials under the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA.)
Last Updated: Sep 29, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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"The Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA, MGL c. 21I) and its regulations at 310 CMR 50.00, establish toxics use reduction as a central component of the Commonwealth’s efforts to protect public health and the environment and to promote the competitive advantage of Massachusetts businesses through efficient materials use and management.

Originally enacted in 1989, TURA requires certain facilities that manufacture, process, or otherwise use listed toxic substances in their operations above specific thresholds to file annual reports detailing their management of toxics, and to undergo a planning process to identify opportunities for toxics use reduction. The outcome of the planning process is a toxics use reduction plan (TUR plan).

In 2006, TURA was amended to allow TURA facilities that have completed a TUR plan and two plan updates to choose alternative planning options: they can choose to develop either a Resource Conservation Plan every other planning cycle, or to implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) that integrates toxics use reduction in lieu of further TUR plan updates.

These options provide flexibility for TURA filers to focus on resource conservation opportunities in water, energy, solid waste, or non-TURA regulated chemicals and to voluntarily implement facility improvements that result in environmental and economic benefits."

--- DEP Resource Conservation Planning Guidance

Toxics Use Reduction Institute - University of Massachusetts Lowell
600 Suffolk St. - Wannalancit Mills - Lowell MA 01854

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