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1999 Toxics Use Reduction Report

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program was proud to announce that it had fulfilled its original goal of reducing the generation of waste by 50 percent. The annual TURA Information Release, which tracks data on the state's largest toxics users, shows that between 1990 and 1999, they decreased their toxic chemical waste generation by 60 million pounds or 57 percent; decreased their total toxic chemical use by 317 million pounds or 41 percent; and reduced their toxic releases to the environment by 18 million pounds or 87 percent. The report reflects data that has been normalized to account for a 52 percent increase in production since 1990 as well as impacts from plant closings and openings. The "TUR Information Release" summarizes information from about 500 Large Quantity Toxics Users that report to the Toxics Use Reduction Program each year. In addition to the above information regarding reduction in chemical use and byproduct, the report also revealed the following information that has not been normalized to account for increases in production:

-The Core Group filers (those who have filed TURA reports consistently since 1990) reduced their TRI transfers off-site (byproducts that are transferred off-site for energy recovery, recycling, treatment and disposal) by 5 percent, from 21.7 million pounds in 1991 to 20.5 million pounds in 1999.

-In 1999, 188 chemicals were reported out of 1,420 TURA-listed chemicals. Of the 188, 20 chemicals accounted for 79 percent of the total use reported statewide and the top 20 chemicals generated as byproduct in 1999 accounted for 74 percent of the total byproduct generated statewide.

-Styrene monomer (a building block for various plastics) was the most reported chemical in 1999, accounting for 36 percent of the total use reported.

The report contains charts and illustrations that demonstrate trends (over ten years) showing the reduction of chemical use, byproduct and releases. There are lists of the top twenty chemicals used and the top twenty chemicals that generate byproducts. The report lists the top five facilities with the largest reductions in byproduct generation and the top twenty facilities with the largest quantity of total use and byproduct generation.

TURA recently achieved national recognition for its success. The "Innovations in American Government" award program, sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government and the Ford Foundation, selected the TURA program as one of the 10 most innovative government programs in the country in 2000.

More Info www.state.ma.us/dep/bwp/dhm/tura/turapubs.htm#other
Project Contact
Name Paul Walsh
Phone 617-556-1011
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Activity Keywords New publication
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 11 No. 2, Summer 2001


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