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Massachusetts Toxics Reduction Legislation

Organization(s) Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance
Project Description An Act Amending the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) (Chapter 188 of the Acts of 2006) was passed by the Legislature and signed into law in July 2006. This legislation is the product of a months-long working group comprised of various interest groups. Updating TURA was a major priority for the TURA Program (including the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute). Highlights of the legislation include:

-Exempts toxics present in fuel oil except if the facility is a power plant;

-Changes the definition of "byproduct" to clarify that otherwise used chemicals should be counted as byproduct when they leave a production unit;

-Adds use of North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes consistent with the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI);

-Streamlines reporting by eliminating certain data elements from annual toxics use reports and biennial toxics use reduction (TUR) plans;

-Harmonizes 10,000/25,000 pound thresholds with TRI (manufactured/processed no longer drops to 10,000 pounds);

-Replaces byproduct reduction index (BRI)/emissions reduction index (ERI)/base year calculations with new production unit metrics that measure progress from the previous year;

-Provides alternative planning options after a company has completed one toxics use reduction plan and two plan updates: -Resource conservation plans for energy, water, or materials use (allowed every other planning cycle); -Environmental Management System (EMS) in lieu of a TUR plan (provided reportable toxics are addressed in the EMS); -Establishes new TUR Planner continuing education requirements for resource management conservation and EMSs;

-Provides process to categorize chemicals as either higher hazard (with lower 1,000 pound threshold) or lower hazard (with elimination of per chemical fee);

-Provides process to designate priority user segments that use higher hazard chemicals;

-Provides process to re-examine inclusion of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) listed chemicals on toxics list.

 
Project Contact
Name Rich Bizzozero
Phone 617-626-1080
E-mail
 
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 16 No. 2, Fall 2006 [PDF]

 

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