Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes and Handouts
- Handouts from each Advisory Committee meeting including the meeting minutes will be posted on the Advisory Committee page.
PRESS RELEASE: Methylene Chloride designated Higher Hazard Substance (December 20, 2013)
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) today announced that methylene chloride has been added to the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) list of higher hazard substances. Methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane, is used as a metal degreaser, coolant and paint stripper and is an ingredient in some adhesives. Adverse health effects include skin, eye and respiratory irritations and exposure may cause liver, kidney or central nervous system damage. There has been one death attributable to methylene chloride reported in Massachusetts.
Administrative Council Approves Plan to Reduce Toxics Use by Dry Cleaners
On September 27th, the Toxics Use Reduction Administrative Council unanimously adopted a resolution approving a plan by Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) program offices to address the use of perchloroethylene, a toxic solvent, by dry cleaners. The full press release is available on the EEA website . Under the plan, MassDEP will revise its Environmental Results Program (ERP) that now covers all dry cleaners using perchloroethylene, using a voluntary approach, at first, to bring about significant reductions in the use of the chemical (also known as “perc”). If a voluntary approach does not bring about the required reductions within four years, MassDEP will propose mandatory rules that promote the reductions. The Toxics Use Reduction Institute and the Office of Technical Assistance will continue education and assistance to the industry, which has focused for several years on safer alternatives that have been demonstrated to be both technically and economically viable. Long-standing collaborative efforts with industry trade associations have already resulted in substantial reductions.
This information is provided by the Office of Technical Assistance and Technology.