About the 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. According to the Toxics Use Reduction Act, the six ex-officio members include the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, and the Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Key responsibilities of the Council include: making determinations on petitions to list and delist chemicals; maintaining the chemical reporting list for the TURA program; designating higher and lower hazard substances; designating priority user segments; and evaluating and setting reporting fees. Questions concerning the Administrative Council can be directed to Rich Bizzozero at (617) 626-1080.

Administrative Council Meetings

2012-13 Administrative Council Meetings

The council meets several times each year and all meetings are open to the public. To access handouts from prior meetings, which include agendas, meeting minutes, Council decisions, regulatory notices, policy analyses, and other information, click on the links below. Note: The meeting handouts are available in a zipped format. Click on the link called "Meeting Handouts" to open the zipped folder for each meeting. When the zipped folder is open, you may copy and paste the documents to your computer. To download the zipped folder in its entirety, right click on the link and click "save target as…" These documents are also available by email or postal mail upon request. The Council has posted the meeting handouts for 2012 and 2013. Meeting handouts from prior years are available upon request. To request documents please contact the Council at (617) 626-1060. Final Administrative Council decisions are available in the TURA Events and Updates page.

September 19, 2014

1) Toxics Use Reduction Act Fees: Summary of Recommendation

2) MCTA Fee Comment Letter

3) Advocacy Groups Fee Comment Letter of Support

4) AIM Fee Comment Letter

5) Barrday, MassCOSH, ACC, and Alpha Chemical Fee Comment Letters

6) Members of the Public Fee Comment Letters

7) Small Business Fee Comment Letter
 

August 19, 2014

1) Draft Meeting Minutes of July 14, 2014 Council Meeting

2) TURI Policy Analysis: Higher Hazard Substance Designation Recommendation - Cyanide Compounds (TURA #1016)

3) TURI Policy Analysis: Higher Hazard Substance Designation Recommendation - Dimethylformamide (CAS 68-12-2)

4) TURI Policy Analysis: Higher Hazard Substance Designation Recommendation - Hydrogen Fluoride (CAS 7664-39-3)

5) TURI Policy Analysis: Higher Hazard Substance Designation Recommendation - Toluene Diisocyanates [listed as: 2,4-TDI (584-84-9) 
2,6-TDI (91-08-7); and TDI mixed isomers (26471-62-5)]

6) Toxic Use Reduction Act Fees: Summary of Recommendation

 

July 14, 2014

1) Draft Meeting Minutes for June 3, 2014 Council Meeting

2) Draft TURI Policy Analysis: Higher Hazard Substance Designation Recommendation – Hydrogen Fluoride (CAS 75-09-2)

3) Prioritization of Chemicals for HHS Designation: Additional Information

4) Hazardous Chemicals with Functional Use and End Product Document

 

June 3, 2014

1) Draft Meeting Minutes for March 13, 2014 Council Meeting

2) Draft Overview: Chemicals to be Considered for High Hazard Substance Designation

3) TURI Policy Analysis: Higher Hazard Substance Designation Recommendation – Hydrogen Fluoride CAS 75-09-2

4) TURI Policy Analysis: Higher Hazard Substance Designation Recommendation – 1-Bromopropane (n-Propyl Bromide) CAS 106-94-5

5) TURI: Decision-Making Under TURA: Process Overview and Reference Guide

 

March 13, 2014

1) Draft Meeting Minutes for the  November 22, 2013 Council Meeting

2) Draft Preliminary Implementation Plan: Methylene Chloride

3) TURI Policy Analysis: Higher Hazard Substance Designation Recommendation - 1-Bromopropane (n-Propyl Bromide) CAS 106-94-5

4) Summary of SAB Deliberations – “Certain Halogenated Carbon Compounds”

5) Theoretical Universe of Halogenated Hydrocarbons C1-C4
 

November 22, 2013

1) Draft Meeting Minutes for June 13, 2013 Administrative Council Meeting

2) Draft Response to Comments on Proposed Amendments to 301 CMR 41.00 Toxic or Hazardous Substance List

3) Public Hearing Notice 301 CMR 41.00: November, 2013

4) TURI Policy Analysis: Higher Hazard Substance Designation Recommendation - Methylene Chloride or Dichloromethane (CAS 75-09-2)

5) OTA Presentation - Outreach to Formaldehyde and Hexavalent Chromium Users


June 13, 2013

1) Draft meeting minutes for 03-14-2013 Council Meeting
 

2) TURI Policy Analysis: Higher Hazard Substance Designation Recommendation – Methylene Chloride or Dichloromethane (CAS 75-09-2)


March 14, 2013

1) Draft meeting minutes for the December 13, 2012 Council Meeting

2) TURI Conference Notice: A Toxics Use Reduction Planner One-DAY Continuing Education Conference – April 11, 2013, Sturbridge, MA [Available Upon Request]

3) TURI Presentation - Opportunities for Cancer Prevention: Trends in the TURA Data, 1990-2010.

4) Implementation Plan Update:  Formaldehyde and Hexavalent Chromium

5) TURI Policy Analysis: Higher Hazard Substance Designation Recommendation – Methylene Chloride or Dichloromethane (CAS 75-09-2)


December 13, 2012

1) Draft meeting minutes for the September 27, 2012 Council Meeting

2) Draft: Activities and Accomplishments of the Massachusetts Toxics use Reduction Program – Report to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

3) Draft: A Report on Barriers to Reducing the Use of Asthma-Related Chemicals

4) OTA Case Study: V.H. Blackinton & Co., Inc.

5) OTA Case Study: Philips Lightolier – Water Conservation

6) OTA Case Study: Philips Lightolier – Energy Conservation

7) OTA Case Study: Inner-Tite Corporation

8) OTA Case Study: Clark University

9) OTA Fact Sheet: Understanding Your Electric Bill – Saving Money on Demand Charges and Power Factor

10) Board of Cosmetology Reply to Council Comments

11) TURI TUR and Disease Prevention Fact Sheet: Asthma [Available Upon Request]
 

September 27, 2012

1) Draft meeting minutes for the May 10, 2012 Council Meeting

2) Draft meeting minutes for the June 28, 2012 Council Meeting

3) Draft changes to ERP certification form

4) Draft Comparative Analysis Spreadsheet – “Comparison of Perchloroethylene-based and Non- Perchloroethylene-based Professional Cleaning Processes”

5) MassDEP data on the number of perc based machines

6) Resolution to Integrate Perc Use Reductions Into the ERP Dry Cleaners Program

7) TURI: AP Article on Pesticides in sub-Saharan Africa [Available Upon Request]

8) UML Press Release: UMass-Lowell’s TURI Awards $75K to Community Groups to Reduce Toxics [Available Upon Request]

  

June 28, 2012

1) Letter from the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure/Board of Registration in Cosmetology on regulations regarding formaldehyde

2) Outline of Proposed Approach for Dry Cleaners

3) Priority User Segment Designation for Perchloroethylene Use In Dry Cleaning: OTA Draft Recommendation – June 2012

4) OTA Draft Recommendation: Appendix IV

5) Toxics Use Reduction Institute Update on Selected program Activities June 2012

6) OTA Case Study: ChemGenes Case Study

 

May 10, 2012

1) March 8, 2012 draft meeting minutes

2) February 9, 2012 Advisory Committee Meeting Summary

3) OTA Update on Selected Activities May 2012

4) Letter to Richard K. Sullivan re: Failure to Designate a PrUS for TCE in Cleaning Operations – AG, labor, advocates,business

5) Letter to Richard K. Sullivan re: Failure to Designate a PrUS for TCE in Cleaning Operations – Business

  • TURI Update on Selected Activities May2012  [Available Upon Request]
  • MassDEP TURA Program Update  [Available Upon Request]
  • Summary Information on perc in dry cleaning[Available Upon Request]

 

March 8, 2012

1) December 7, 2011 draft meeting minutes

2) TURA Advisory Committee Minutes – December 5, 2011

3) TURA Program Activities Related to Perchloroethylene (PCE) Status Report (2/8/2012)

4) Draft Summary Table: Comparison of Perc and Seven Garment Cleaning Alternatives

5) OTA Outlook: Volume 5, Issue 2

  • Perchloroethylene Priority User Segment (PrUS) and ERP Options Summary [Available Upon Request]
  • TURI Summary: CERCLA Categories on the TURA Toxic or Hazardous Substance List [Available UponRequest]
  • Draft: A Report on Barriers to Asthmagen Use Reduction [Available Upon Request]
  • TURI Updated on Selected program Activities- February 2012 [Available Upon Request]
  • Community Leaders Making Massachusetts Safer and Healthier: projects Drive Chemical UseReduction [Available Upon Request]

Administrative Council on Toxics Use Reduction Members:

Designees are in italics

Matthew A. Beaton (Chair), Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Marty Suuberg, Department of Environmental Protection

  • Nancy Seidman, Department of Environmental Protection

Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, Department of Public Health

  • Dr. Marc Nascarella, Bureau of Environmental Health

Ronald Walker, II, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

  • Heather Rowe, Division of Occupational Safety (DOS)

Daniel Bennett, Executive Office of Public Safety & Security

Jay Ash, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

  • Tim Wilkerson, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
  

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