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									      Massachusetts Toxics Use
       Reduction Act (TURA)
          Program Update

Briefing hosted by the co-Chairs of the Committee on
   Environment, Natural Resources, & Agriculture
                    March 4, 2010



                        Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                            Overview


• Quick review: Toxics Use Reduction Act
  (TURA) History & Key Provisions

• Program activity highlights
  – 20th Anniversary celebration
  – Chemical updates
  – Current projects

• How can we help you?
  – Grants, information services, and more

                          Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                      TURA Background


• Enacted in 1989

• Established TURI and OTA and gave new
  responsibility to MassDEP

• Amended in 2006
  – Focus on chemicals of most importance to Commonwealth
  – Make TUR Planning more productive
  – Streamline reporting




                            Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                    The TURA Team

          Administrative Council & Advisory
                     Committee




MassDEP                                                OTA




                   TURI
                          Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                      The TURA Team


  Administrative
Council & Advisory
   Committee


  • Administrative Council
      • Governing body – Representatives from the Executive
      Offices of Public Health, Housing & Economic
      Development, Public Safety, Labor, Energy & Environment
      and MassDEP

  • Advisory Committee of stakeholders

                           Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
The TURA Team


    MassDEP

• Regulations development
• Regulatory compliance
• TURA data collection




    Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                        The TURA Team

                         TURI
        Toxics Use Reduction Institute, UMass Lowell

• Research
• Training
• Policy
• Technical support &
     information for
     industries &
     communities
• Science Advisory
     Board


                           Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                          The TURA Team



              OTA
Office of Technical Assistance and
       Technology at EOEEA

  • On-site, confidential, technical
    assistance for MA firms
  • Compliance assistance
  • Workshops, case studies




                               Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                  TURA Goals

• 50% reduction in generation of toxic
  waste by 1997 through TUR
• Establish TUR as the preferred means of
  regulatory compliance
• Sustain and promote the competitive
  position of Massachusetts industry
• Promote reduction in the production of
  toxic and hazardous substances
• Enhance and coordinate state agency
  enforcement of environmental laws
                   Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
              Toxics Use Reduction

• Toxics use reduction (TUR) is unique
  – Reducing pollution at its source, rather than
    treating wastes once produced
• What Industry Must Do
  – Report on chemical use (annual)
  – Plan for toxics use reduction (every 2 yrs)
  – Pay fees to support the program (annual)


                       Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
            TURA is Celebrating 20 years:
                    1989 - 2009

• 20th Anniversary Symposium
  focused on 20 Years of TUR

• 20th Anniversary Leadership Tour




                       Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                    20th Anniversary Leadership Tour,
                           March – April 2010
•   Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. Worcester*
•   Analog Devices, Wilmington*
•   A.W. Chesterton Company, Groveland*
•   Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Barnstable County*
•   Churchill Coatings, Grafton
•   Cobham Defense Electronics Systems, Lowell*
•   Ferraz Shawmut, Newburyport*
•   Gentex Optics, Dudley                             Please join us!
•   L & J of New England, Worcester*                See www.turi.org
•   Lightolier, Fall River                          for tour schedule.
•   MD Stetson, Randolph*
•   Millipore, Bedford*
•   Moreno Auto Body, Roxbury, and the Boston Public Health Commission*
•   PerkinElmer, Salem*
•   Raytheon Company, Waltham and Andover*
•   Skyworks, Woburn
•   Vicor Corporation, Andover

                                  Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
1990 Core Group Toxics Use Reduction Progress: 1990 to 2005
                  (Production Adjusted)




                                              40% 
1990 Core Group Toxics Use Reduction Progress: 1990 to 2005
                  (Production Adjusted)




                                                71% 
1990 Core Group Toxics Use Reduction Progress: 1990 to 2005
                  (Production Adjusted)




                                            41% 
1990 Core Group Toxics Use Reduction Progress: 1990 to 2005
                  (Production Adjusted)




                                              91% 
Newest data: 2000 Core Group Toxics Use Reduction Progress from 2000
                    to 2007 (Production Adjusted)



                                                    14% 

                                                         14% 
Newest data: 2000 Core Group Toxics Use Reduction Progress from 2000
                    to 2007 (Production Adjusted)




                                                    44% 
              Higher & Lower Hazard
                   Substances
• Higher Hazard Substances:
  – Lowers the TURA threshold to 1,000 lb/year
  – Focuses program resources
  – 4 designations to date: Cadmium; Cadmium
    Compounds; Trichloroethylene; Perchloroethylene
• Lower Hazard Substances:
  – Eliminates the per-chemical fee
  – 9 designations to date: Tert-butyl alcohol; sec-
    butyl alcohol; n-butyl alcohol; ferric chloride;
    ferrous chloride; ferric sulfate; ferrous sulfate;
    butyl acetate; and iso-butyl acetate
                        Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                Example: Perchloroethylene listed as
                    Higher Hazard Substance

• Dry cleaners with
  more than 10 FTE
  employees will report
  and plan under
  TURA
• TURA program
  providing assistance:
   – TURI Wet Cleaning
     Matching Grants and
     Demonstration sites
   – Reporting workshops
   – On-site assistance
                           Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                  New TURA
               Planning Options
• Resource
  Conservation
  Planning – energy,
  water, materials
• Integrate TUR Plan
  into Environmental
  Management
  Systems (EMS)

                  Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                Results of the New Planning
                          Options
• TUR Planning alternatives:
   – Resource Conservation Planning – energy, water, materials
       • 31 RC Plans
       • Energy (14) expected reductions = 3.7 million KWH/year
       • Water (7) expected reduction = 21 million gallons/year
       • Materials in solid waste (3) expected reduction = 24.7
         million lbs/year
       • Toxics below threshold (4), and substances exempt from
         TURA reporting (3) expected reduction = 2 million lbs/year
   – Integrate TUR Plan into Environmental Management Systems
     (EMS)
       • 15 EMS Plans

                               Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
Example: Water Use Reduction at
          Lightolier

  • 44 million gallons per year
    reduction
  • $ 181,715 per year annualized
    savings
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         Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
        TURA is an Award Winning
          and Model Program
• 1999 Innovations in American Government
  Award
   – From Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of
     Government

• 2008 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award
   – From National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

• Model for Ontario Toxics Reduction Act
      • http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/toxics/index.php


• Model for NYS Pollution Prevention Institute
      • http://www.nysp2i.rit.edu/


                        Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
           TURA Program Assessment


– Review of TURA
  program activities
– Prior studies of the
  TURA program
– Online survey &
  telephone interview
  results
– Lessons &
  opportunities


                         Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                Program Assessment
                      Findings
• Online survey& telephone
  interviews with Companies,
  Planners, & Community
  Organizations
• Company results include:
  – 55% cite “increased management
    attention to environmental
    practices” as a benefit of TURA
  – 51% report improvements in
    worker health & safety
  – 41% report financial savings from
    TUR implementation

                        Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                   TURI Highlights

• Training for TUR planners and
  others
• University research
• Policy research
• Grants for communities, small
  businesses, and industry
  leaders
• Industry consortia
• Laboratory services
                      Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                 Industry Supply Chains

• Facilitating supply chain collaboration (i.e. wire &
  cable, electronics)
• Assisting companies with:
   – Addressing emerging regulatory & customer
     requirements
   – Identifying, evaluating & implementing safer
     substitutes
• Research & testing on safer alternatives


                         Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
           Example: New England Lead-
            free Electronics Consortium
• 15 companies in the
  electronics supply chain

• Companies have
  contributed over $1 million
  in materials, equipment,
  and resources




                       Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                                  TURI Surface Solutions
                                       Laboratory
                                          • Assists industry and
      TCE Cleaning Use Data                 communities in the search
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                                            for safer cleaning
                                            processes
 2
                                                – Tests the performance of
                                                  alternatives to hazardous solvents
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                                                – Extensive database of results at
                                                  www.turi.org
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                                          • Janitorial cleaning
0.5
                                          • Industrial parts cleaning
 0
      1990   1996   2001   2002   2003
                                         millions of pounds



                                                Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                      Asthmagen Study
• Using the TURA data to
  identify public health
  opportunities
• 41 asthmagens currently
  reported under TURA
• Total use & release of
  asthmagens
• Some individual
  asthmagens
• Some asthmagens not
  reportable under TURA
• Opportunities for greater
  coordination of asthma
  work state-wide

                          Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                Community Grant Program

•    Call for Proposals Spring of 2010
    –   Please help us spread the word to any
        non- profit organization, i.e. municipalities,
        community and environmental
        organizations
        •   Due date for proposals: June 30th
        •   Notification: August 2010
        •   Grant Range: $1,000-$15,000

Visit www.turi.org, or Contact
Joy Onasch,
978-934-4343, Joy@turi.org

                              Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                  2010 Community
                   Grant Projects
• Two NOFA Municipal
  Organic Lawn
  Conversions and
  Demonstrations (Ayer
  and Stoneham)

• Wampanoag Tribe – Martha’s Vineyard –
  Natural Cleaning in the Tribal Community
• School Disinfection Workgroup – State-wide
  guidance for proper disinfection procedures

                     Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
What Chemicals are Used in
  Your Neighborhood?


                      www.turadata.turi.org




                      Simply enter your city or town
                      or search by chemical




       Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
                     Research Resources

• TURI Library
  – Contact Jan Hutchins Jan@turi.org
  – Sign up for Greenlist Bulletin, a weekly “top 10 list
    of news, articles and publications
  – Library specializes in
     •   health and environment,
     •   chemicals and safer alternatives,
     •   chemicals and environmental policy and
     •   industrial processes and materials

• Policy Research
  – Contact Rachel Massey Rachel@turi.org
                               Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
Recognizing Champions

          • Wednesday, June 9,
            2010, 11AM - 2PM
          • State House Great Hall
               Your personal
               congratulations
               encourages these
             leaders to continue
                   making
                Massachusetts a
              Safer Place to Live
                  and Work!


     Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
• On-site technical assistance for
  Massachusetts firms and organizations to:
   • reduce use of toxics, energy, water
   • achieve and go beyond compliance
• Although none are required to receive visits, more
  than 1400 facilities have had OTA onsite
• Several dozen case studies and fact sheets, hundreds
  of workshops provided on preventing pollution through
  process and materials efficiency
Selected Accomplishments
• Work with companies across the Commonwealth to develop
   innovative technologies reducing toxics, water, energy
• Launched effort to reduce chemical use in schools
• Introduced TUR concept to hospitals, laboratories, state agencies
• Launched environmentally preferable purchasing at state level
• Developed free software for resource use tracking and provided first
   training on financial assessment of toxics use and safer alternatives
   (with NEWMOA)
• Helped companies work out innovative settlements with DEP and
   EPA for elimination of toxics instead of treatment
• Helped EPA develop national policies on regulatory determinations
   and electronic wastes
• Regulations
  development
• Regulatory
  compliance &
  enforcement
• Training and
  guidance
• TURA data
  collection & analysis
• Fee collection
• TUR Planner
  certification
  program
• Mulit-media facility
  inspections
                 How can we help you?


•   What concerns do your constituents have about
    health and the environment?
•   Do you have questions about toxic chemicals?
•   Do you know of any companies in your district
    that could use TURI’s assistance?
•   Please feel free to contact us!



                         Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
 Contact Information
          TURI
   Michael Ellenbecker
       Liz Harriman
      978-934-3275
    ellenbec@turi.org
    harriman@turi.org

          OTA
       Rich Bizzozero
       617-626-1080
Rich.Bizzozero@state.ma.us

       MassDEP
       Glenn Keith
      617-292-5874
 Glenn.Keith@state.ma.us


           Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell

								
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