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Fact Sheet 

A TUR Plan is a document that provides both economic and technical evaluations of the toxics use reduction opportunities available to a company, and identifies those methods, if any, that the company intends to implement. The plan must contain:

  • A corporate toxics use reduction policy statement;
  • An assessment of how and in what quantities listed chemicals are used and generated as waste by the company;
  • A list of available toxics use reduction options, evaluations of those that appear to be technically and economically feasible, and
  • For those options to be employed, a description and implementation schedule.

The company is not obligated to submit the plan itself to the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), but is required to obtain approval of the plan from a MassDEP-certified TUR Planner and provide the agency with a summary that includes a signed plan certification statement. The summary is then made available for public review.

A company that meets the definition of a Large Quantity Toxics User (LQTU) is required by the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) to:

  • Submit a toxics use report to MassDEP every year.
  • Develop an initial toxics use reduction (TUR) plan and submit a summary to MassDEP the next even-numbered year after filing.
  • Develop a TUR plan update every even-numbered year thereafter and submit a summary to MassDEP.
  • Pay an annual toxics use fee.

Note: Once a company has completed an initial toxics use reduction plan and two plan updates, it can develop a resource conservation plan addressing water, energy, or materials use (allowed every other planning cycle) or implement an environmental management system (EMS) in lieu of a TUR plan provided the EMS addresses toxics.

Failing to file annual reports, develop plans or pay toxics use fees can result in MassDEP enforcement action, including financial penalties. 

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