• TURA Overview & Progress

    The Toxics Use Reduction Program was established in 1990 and has continuously helped Massachusetts businesses reduce the use of toxic chemicals and conserve other resources, such as energy, water and waste. Information on the program, including current data and other notable achievements can be found on this page.
  • MassDEP Toxics Use Reduction Program

    Massachusetts companies that use large quantities of specific toxic chemicals are required to evaluate and plan for pollution prevention opportunities, implement them if practical, and report their results annually to the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).
  • TURA Program Regulations

    The Toxics Use Reduction Act was amended in 2006. Links to the amended Toxics Use Reduction Act and links to related EEA and MassDEP regulations are located on this page.
  • TURA Events & Updates

    Important TURA program news and events, such as regulatory updates, meeting announcements, public hearing notices, and new publications will be posted here.
  • The Administrative Council on Toxics Use Reduction

    Picture of the Administrative Council
    The Administrative Council is the governing body of the TURA program and is responsible for program policy oversight. The six-member council is chaired by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew A. Beaton; and is charged with coordinating state enforcement of laws and regulations on chemical use and toxic waste generation, implementing policies that promote worker health and safety, and safeguarding public health.
  • Advisory Committee to the Administrative Council

    The Advisory Committee to the Administrative Council is composed of fifteen stakeholders that provide the Council with a forum for discussing TURA implementation issues. The fifteen members include representation of environmental advocacy, public health, labor, industry and the general public. Committee members are appointed by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
  • TURA Program Structure

    TURA Org chart
    Every company that uses toxics in the Commonwealth has access to three state organizations that can help them identify alternatives and comply with the requirements of the Act. The three implementing agencies of the TURA program are: the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) TURA program, the Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA), and the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI). In addition, the Science Advisory Board works closely with TURI.
  • TURA Program Comments

    If you have comments or suggestions for the TURA program, Administrative Council, Advisory Committee, or TUR Program partners you can complete the form on the Comments page or send an email to Massachusetts-Office-of-Technical-Assistance@state.ma.us.
  • TUR Related Links

    Find links to Toxics Use Reduction related information, programs, and services.
  • TURA Program Accomplishments

    2013 Progress Report on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program  pdf format of 2013 TURA Progress Report

    In December 2014, the TUR Administrative Council issued a Progress Report on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program. The report highlights the program's activities and achievements for TUR reporting year 2013, which also chronicles the actions taken by the Administrative Council and it's Advisory Committee, and the Science Advisory Board.

    2012 Progress Report on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program  pdf format of 2012 MA Toxics Use Reduction Program Progress Report

    In March 2013, the TUR Administrative Council issued a Progress Report on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program. The report highlights the program's activities and achievements for TUR reporting year 2012, which also chronicles the actions taken by the Administrative Council and it's Advisory Committee, and the Science Advisory Board.

    2011 Progress Report on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program  pdf format of 2011 MA Toxics Use Reduction Program Progress Report

    In May 2012, the TUR Administrative Council issued a Progress Report on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program. The report highlights the program's activities and achievements for TUR reporting year 2011, which also chronicles the actions taken by the Administrative Council and it's Advisory Committee, and the Science Advisory Board.

    2010 Progress Report on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program  pdf format of 2010 TURA Progress Report

    In March 2011, the TUR Administrative Council issued a Progress Report on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program. The report highlights the program's activities and achievements for TUR reporting year 2010, which also chronicles the actions taken by the Administrative Council and it's Advisory Committee, and the Science Advisory Board.

    2009 Progress Report on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program  pdf format of 2009 Progress Report on the Massachusetts...

    In May 2010, the TUR Administrative Council issued a Progress Report on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program. The report highlights the program's activities and achievements for TUR reporting year 2009, which also chronicles the actions taken by the Administrative Council and it's Advisory Committee, and the Science Advisory Board.

    2008 Progress Report on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program  pdf format of 2008 TURA Progress Report
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    In December 2008, the TUR Administrative Council issued a Progress Report on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program. The report highlights the program's activities and achievements since the passage of the 2006 Amendments and chronicles the actions taken by the Administrative Council and its Advisory Committee, and the Science Advisory Board.

  • TURA Publications and Articles

    TUR Publications

    Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Report of the Environmental Purchasing Toxics Reduction Task Force pdf format of Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Report of the...

    On October 27, 2009, Executive Order #515 was signed, establishing an Environmental Purchasing Policy for all Commonwealth Executive Departments to help conserve natural resources, reduce waste, protect public health and the environment, and promote the use of clean technologies, recycled materials, and less toxic products. This new policy requires all Commonwealth Executive Departments to reduce their impact on the environment and enhance public health by procuring Environmentally Preferable Products and services whenever such products and services are readily available, perform satisfactorily, and represent the best value to the Commonwealth. The Executive Order represents a transition from simply identifying and qualifying environmentally preferable products that state agencies should buy to requiring their purchase by state agencies when appropriate. This report contains a summary of program activity related to EO 515.

    A Report on Barriers to Reducing the Use of Asthma-Related Chemicals  pdf format of Barriers to Reduced Use of Asthma-Related Chemicals

    The Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA) prepared and completed in May 2013 A Report on Barriers to Reducing the Use of Asthma-Related Chemicals. The report compares what we know about the use of three asthma-related chemicals, (chlorine, formaldehyde, and isocyanates), showing how the lack of information about use and chemical use reduction options is a barrier to reducing use outside of TURA. (The use of these chemicals by companies covered by TURA has significantly reduced over time). The report contains recommendations to the Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) Administrative Council on actions that might help reduce the use of asthma-related chemicals, an important strategy for the prevention of this disease, which is rising in Massachusetts.

    Barriers to Toxic Use Reduction, Pollution Prevention, and Resource Conservation pdf format of barriers_to_tur.pdf

    OTA has completed a report entitled: "The Assessment of Barriers to Toxic Use Reduction, Pollution Prevention and Resource Conservation." The 2006 Amendments to the Toxics Use Reduction Act charge OTA with assessing barriers to business implementation of toxics use reduction, pollution prevention and resource conservation. OTA found that the primary reasons appear to be that companies not adopting these practices were concerned about costs and possible negative impacts on the quality of their product. However, there are indications that many companies chose not to implement environmentally preferable alternatives on the basis of perception, without necessarily substantiating assumptions about the alternative practices. The research also found that when specific examples of actual projects were considered, as opposed to consideration of barriers in general, costs were ranked as less important. Technical issues increased in importance when specific examples were considered, than when barriers (and actions to overcome them) were discussed in the abstract. Actions that may be effective in increasing adoption of the practices the Toxics Use Reduction Act promotes include: trials and demonstrations coupled with cost-benefit information, correcting perceptions, stronger incentives, tax breaks, and better regulatory drivers. For more information contact: Rick Reibstein, MA OTA (617) 626-1062, rick.reibstein@state.ma.us.


    Designating Higher and Lower Hazard Chemicals in Massachusetts pdf format of Higher and Lower Hazard Substances Fact Sheet

    The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Administrative Council (Council), which coordinates implementation of the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA), has designated six chemicals as Higher Hazard Substances, and nine as Lower Hazard Substances.  Users of Higher Hazard Substances should know that the reporting threshold for these chemicals is 1,000 instead of 10,000 (or 25,000) pounds.  Users of Lower Hazard Substances must report on their use of the chemical, but do not have to pay the per-chemical part of the TURA fee.  The complete list of chemicals on the higher and lower hazard chemical list is available in this fact sheet.

    The Effect of Providing On-site Technical Assistance for Toxics Use Reduction: pdf format of ota_effectiveness_study_final_2006.pdf

    OTA has released the results of a two-year study using new methods to analyze Toxics Use Reduction Act data to assess the impact of its own onsite-assistance service. Companies visited by OTA performed better than companies not visited on nearly every measure examined. An independent study by Boston University researchers also found strong indications of OTA effectiveness.

    DEP EMS guidance

    This guidance document focuses on TURA Environmental Management Systems. Its purpose is to help TURA facilities understand the requirements of the TURA EMS alternative to TUR planning, review the required elements of a TURA EMS (see 310 CMR 50.80), and provide direction on locating additional resources. For information on implementing a Resource Conservation plan, please see MassDEP's guidance "Resource Conservation Planning Guidance under the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA)".

    Practical Guide to Toxics Use Reduction pdf format of Practical-Guide-to-TUR-Revised.pdf
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    OTA developed the Practical Guide for use as a manual by all Massachusetts institutions that use toxics. The manual should be used as a do-it-yourself guide for small and mid-sized firms that lack in-house TUR expertise yet wish to launch TUR programs. If you have any questions about the manual or would like on-site technical assistance call 617-626-1060.

    TUR Articles

    sustain_tur_assistance_article_reibstein.pdf  pdf format of sustain_tur_assistance_article_reibstein.pdf
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    Rick Reibstein, OTA Senior Environmental Analyst, recently had an article published in the journal, Sustain, a publication from the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development at the University of Louisville. The article was a summary of the effectiveness study completed last year.

    Preventive Preparedness: The Highest-Value Emergency Planning pdf format of preventive_preparedness_eqm_article_reibstein.pdf

    Rick Reibstein, Senior Environmental Analyst from OTA was published in the Winter 2005 edition of Environmental Quality Management. The article stressed the importance of integrating pollution prevention into emergency planning for facilities.