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1997 Toxics Use Reduction Report

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description Ten years after the Commonwealth enacted the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) manufacturers statewide have reduced their reliance on toxic chemicals dramatically. Massachusetts is a national leader in demonstrable reductions in toxic chemical use. Data collected under TURA provide clear evidence that the state has made tremendous progress in pollution prevention.

Enacted in 1989, the Toxics Use Reduction Act requires companies to report annually to the MA Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) the types and amounts of toxic chemicals they use. They are also required to develop plans for implementing toxics use reduction, and to file summaries of those plans with DEP.

The 1997 TURA Information Release in March 1999 shows that improvements were dramatic between 1990 and 1997. Massachusetts manufacturers decreased their total toxic chemical use by 24 percent, their toxic waste generation by 41 percent, and their toxic releases to the environment by 80 percent. The report uses data that has been adjusted to account for a 32 percent increase in production since 1990, as well as impacts from plant closings and openings.

1999's report highlighted the top ten facilities that reported implementing TUR and showed the largest byproduct reductions from 1996 to 1997. These facilities reduced their combined byproduct generation by 7.8 million pounds from 1996 to 1997. Of particular note is the fact that the overall production output of this group of facilities showed an increase over 1996. Thus, these reductions cannot be attributed to decreased production levels.

According to Environmental Affairs Secretary Robert Durand, "With ingenuity and dedication, industry is proving that 'Made in Massachusetts' means a high quality, cleaner, greener product. Even as more products are made as the Massachusetts economy grows, there is less use and generation of toxic chemicals than ever before. Industry managers understand that what's good for the environment, is also good for the bottom line."

More Info www.state.ma.us/dep/bwp/dhm/tura/turaover.htm
 
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Name Edmund Coletta
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Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 9 No. 2, Summer 1999 [PDF]

 

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