Administrative Council and Advisory Committee Meeting Notices
Administrative Council Meeting Minutes and Handouts
Handouts from each Administrative Council meeting including the meeting minutes will be posted on the Administrative Council page.
Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes and Handouts
Handouts from each Advisory Committee meeting including the meeting minutes will be posted on the Advisory Committee page.
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 http://www.mass.gov/eea/pr-2012/121005-reduce-toxic-chemical-use.html . 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. More information on these alternatives is available on a fact sheet developed by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute: www.turi.org/About/Library/TURI_Publications/Safer_Alternatives_Fact_Sheets/Fact_Sheet_-_Alternatives_to_Perchloroethylene_Used_in_Professional_Garment_Care
Administrative Council Decisions
There were no votes taken this year by the Administrative Council
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