- In October 2007, the Massachusetts Administrative Council for Toxics Use Reduction, which sets toxics use reduction policy statewide, voted to designate TCE, cadmium and cadmium compounds as higher hazard substances. The ruling takes effect in the calendar year after the designation is incorporated into regulations.This designation affects you if you: operate facilities that use 1,000 pounds or more of these higher hazard substances in calendar year 2008 or subsequent years; employ the equivalent of 10 or more full-time employees; and conduct any business within manufacturing or TURA-covered Standard Industrial Codes (SIC) or equivalent NAIC codes.If you meet the above criteria, you now must report chemical use, pay annual reporting fees and regularly submit reduction plans to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Toxics use reports for 2008 must be submitted to MassDEP by July 1, 2009 and toxics use reduction plans must be prepared by July 1, 2010 and every two years thereafter. For additional background regarding this regulatory change, please refer to the Question and Answer document.
- As energy costs rise, more companies are searching for ways to reduce their energy consumption in order to decrease their dependence on fossil fuels and stay competitive. This fact sheet will assist facility energy managers in developing energy management strategies for their companies and identifying techniques and funding sources for increasing the energy efficiency of their manufacturing operations. It also includes a wide variety of resources and tools to assist in these efforts.
- Energy is a significant and growing cost for most businesses. A review of how energy is used in buildings and then targeting improvements in equipment and procedures can lead to big cost savings. Furthermore, many corporate and government programs now strongly encourage energy conservation. The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide examples of energy saving tips for the general categories of building energy use that apply to most facilities.
- In December 2007, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) introduced new regulations that will affect many spray booth and coating operations emitting relatively small amounts of solvents and pollutants known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). By complying with the Commonwealth's overall guidelines, you can prevent pollution and protect your shop from financial penalties and legal liabilities, as well as ensure worker safety. The Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA) prepared this document to help you to: understand the new regulations; avoid common regulatory compliance violations; reduce VOC emissions and save money. OTA can help you to comply with the new regulations and find new ways to reduce the use of toxic material.
- An increasing number of businesses in the Commonwealth are taking an interest in renewable energy. Reasons include wanting to cut energy costs, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, stay competitive, and be a responsible neighbor within their community. The Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA) is committed to helping businesses achieve these goals. This fact sheet addresses some of the most common questions regarding renewable energy systems in Massachusetts.
- This Best Management Practices Fact Sheet is a compilation of common recommendations for Departments of Public Works (DPWs) that originated from on-site technical assistance evaluations by the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA). The fact sheet highlights some of the simple pollution prevention practices specifically for DPWs to integrate into their daily routine that will improve worker safety and protect the environment.
- OTA put together this fact sheet of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help municipalities, agencies and organizations understand the benefits of purchasing powder coated products and identify where these products may be purchased.
- Revised United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) air regulations for methylene chloride (MeCl) emissions in paint stripping operations are now in effect. Businesses using MeCl in paint stripping operations must notify the US EPA and certify they have implemented the appropriate best management practices to minimize emissions of the chemical. Paint stripping operations covered under this rule are those that use the hazardous air pollutant MeCl for the removal of dried paint (including, but not limited to, paint, enamel, varnish, shellac, powder coating, and lacquer) from wood, metal, plastic, and other substrates. It is the responsibility of businesses stripping paint to know if MeCl is contained in the strippers they use. This fact sheet addresses the changes to the regulation.
Massachusetts manufacturers have a number of opportunities available to them to reduce the cost of electricity. These include financial incentives to implement energy efficiency measures and install renewable energy technologies; facilities also have the ability to reduce overall monthly demand charges. OTA is providing this fact sheet to help manufacturers better understand their electric bill so they can save money by reducing demand charges and improving operating efficiencies in their use of electricity.
VRTX Green Book and Fact Sheet
This technology application analysis characterizes the main features of the VRTX technology, manufactured by A.W. Chesterton Company. The VRTX technology can effectively prevent scaling, corrosion, and biological fouling in cooling tower systems without the addition of chemicals. The use of this technology replaces a traditional chemical treatment maintenance program for cooling towers.
This report presents the results from the installation of five full-scale applications of the VRTX technology, including regulatory aspects, costs associated with implementation, environmental and performance benefits, and lessons learned from the application experiences. The performance and cost data in this report was provided by the facilities, and unless otherwise stated, no information regarding the extent of QA/QC analysis was provided in conjunction with the data. All facilities used EPA certified labs for analysis of water samples. The Pillsbury facility provided hard copies of the water quality laboratory results including chain-of–custody documentation. In large part these facilities were chosen for the preparation of this document because they had data available on the performance of the VRTX technology. In an attempt to provide the reader with as much information as possible on existing VRTX installations, in the absence of QA/QC’ed data we present non-QA/QC’ed data, and in the absence of any quantitative analyses, we present qualitative analyses provided by employees at the facilities. The authors believe the data presented in this document represents the performance of the VRTX system at each of the installations.
- Water has long been considered a utility item to be accounted for as a general overhead expense of production. Since water has become a limiting resource for economic development, and the costs of using and heating water continue to rise, it is important to treat water as one of the raw materials for production. Water is a resource that has to be managed properly, and can help save money. Water conservation projects can have payback periods as short as a year or less. This fact sheet is designed to help facilities identify and implement water conservation measures.
- The Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (MassOTA) is offering the Right from the Start program to provide Massachusetts businesses with the technical and regulatory support needed to maximize environmental and economic performance. It is especially designed to encourage businesses seeking permits for expansion or start up of new manufacturing operations to consider pollution prevention and resource conservation while projects are still in the planning stage.