In 2006 MassDEP amended the TURA program regulations to conform to the 2006 statutory amendments. The final regulations are now available to download on MassDEP's web site.
Toxics Use Fee and Toxic or Hazardous Substance List
In 2009, The Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced the promulgation of the revisions to 301 CMR 40- the Toxics Use Fee and 301 CMR 41 - the Toxic or Hazardous Substance List and 301 CMR 41 Amendments .
New Higher Hazard Substances for 2012: Formaldehyde and Hexavalent Chromium Compounds
Please note that as of Jan 1, 2012, formaldehyde (CAS #50-00-0) is now designated as a Higher Hazard Substance (HHS), with a reporting threshold of 1,000 lbs. In addition, the chromium category has been separated into hexavalent chromium compounds (compounds in which the chromium is in a +6 valence state), and all other chromium compounds (typically trivalent (+3), but also including all other valence states). The hexavalent chromium compounds are also designated as HHS, with a 1,000 lb reporting threshold. The all other chromium compounds category still has the same reporting threshold of 25,000 lb manufactured or processed, 10,000 lb otherwise used. EEA has updated the Higher and Lower Hazard Substances Fact Sheet on higher and lower hazards to reflect these changes.
Staff from EEA's Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA) is available to help companies affected by this new reporting requirement find and implement less toxic, cost effective alternatives that will allow them to operate more safely while remaining competitive in the global economy. Call (617) 626-1060 with reporting questions. The Toxics Use Reduction Institute has posted draft guidance for both formaldehyde and hexavalent chromium compounds on their website: http://www.turi.org/Our_Work/Chemicals_Policy/Chemical_Lists/Higher_and_Lower_Hazard_Substances.
Disclaimer: OTA provides these files for the convenience of users. Please be aware that the OFFICIAL versions of all state statutes and regulations are only available through the State Bookstore or from the Secretary of State's Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) Subscription Service.
Regulations implementing M.G.L. Chapter 21I: Toxics Use Reduction Act, TURA Planning Amendments, and other environmental regulations related to toxics use can be found on the MassDEP website.
This information is provided by the Office of Technical Assistance and Technology.