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The Toxics Use Reduction Institute helps Massachusetts companies and communities find innovative ways to reduce toxic chemical use at the source, rather than treat wastes once produced. It is located at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell provides resources and tools to help make the Commonwealth a safer place to live and work. Established by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) of 1989, TURI collaborates with businesses, community organizations, and government agencies to reduce the use of toxic chemicals, protect  public health and the environment, and promote the competitiveness of Massachusetts businesses.  Please see the full institute overview here.

The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA), adopted in 1989, is designed to protect public health and the environment while promoting the competitiveness of Massachusetts businesses.

Under TURA, facilities that use large amounts of toxic chemicals are required to report on their chemical use, conduct toxics use reduction planning every two years, and pay a fee. The fees paid by TURA filers support the work of the TURA implementing agencies, and are used to provide a wide variety of services, including training, technical assistance, and grant programs. 

For a full overview of the Toxics Use Reduction Act, please click here.