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TURI Honors Leaders at State House

June 15, 2004, Boston - Massachusetts Representatives and Senators joined the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) today in honoring the following leaders in Massachusetts communities and companies for their efforts in successfully reducing the use of toxic chemicals across the state.

The Toxics Use Reduction Networking Community Grant Recipients include the Boston Urban Asthma Coalition, the City of Somerville Environmental Protection Office, the Coalition for a Better Acre, Lowell, the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards and the Pioneer Valley Project, Springfield.

The Environmental Management System Peer Mentor Grant Recipient is Millipore, headquartered in Billerica.

Industry Trainers and Champions of Toxics Use Reduction include Donald Alger, Allegro MicroSystems, Inc., Worcester; Jack Bailey, Bose Corporation, Framingham; Douglas C. DeVries, Hyde Manufacturing Company, Southbridge; and Ray Lizotte, Texas Instruments Incorporated, Attleboro.

“Collectively, the organizations and individuals we are honoring today have gone beyond the norm in their efforts in contributing to the impressive statewide reductions in chemical use,” said Michael Ellenbecker, Director of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.  “These organizations deserve our sincere appreciation in making Massachusetts a safer place to live and work,” he continued.

Through the efforts of hundreds of company Toxics Use Reduction Planners over the past 12 years, Massachusetts businesses have reduced their toxic chemical use by 42 percent*.  The most recent chemical use data was released to the public the day of the event.  

Toxics use reduction involves reducing pollution at its source, rather than treating wastes once they are produced.  Since 1990, TURI has provided toxic use reduction certification training to over 1,000 industry professionals, awarded 62 community grants and eight Environmental Management Systems grants--all to raise awareness about toxic chemicals, reduce chemical use and introduce safer alternatives. 

About the Toxics Use Reduction Institute 

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) provides the resources and tools to help Massachusetts companies and communities make the Commonwealth a safer place to live and work.  Established by the State’s Toxics Use Reduction Act of 1989, TURI provides research, training, technical support, laboratory services and grant programs to reduce the use of toxic chemicals while enhancing the economic competitiveness of local businesses.  For more information, visit www.turi.org.

*Toxics Use Reduction Act Core Massachusetts Filers, 1990-2002.