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.
Many companies establish planning teams and involve the work force in various steps: analyzing production, tracking the use of materials, auditing health and environmental regulations, and identifying available toxics use reduction options. The support of upper level management is often the key to implementation of a successful TUR program.
Once a company has completed an initial toxics use reduction plan and two plan updates, the company can develop a resource conservation (RC) 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 specifically addresses toxics.