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We've implemented Toxics Use Reduction projects over the years that have literally saved us millions of dollars in operating costs.
- Ron Westgate - Philips Lightolier

TUR Planner Program

What is a TURP?

Toxics Use Reduction Planners (TURP) are environmental, safety, or process professionals who are qualified by the Commonwealth to sign TUR plans and assist companies with their reporting obligations under the Toxics Use Reduction Act.   

MassDEP maintains a directory of certified TUR Planners and there is an active Toxics Use Reduction Planners Association

Certification

TURPs have passed a uniform certification exam developed by MassDEP and/or have demonstrated relevant education and experience. Preparation for this exam is usually achieved by taking the 48 hour TURP Course. (For schedule information on TUR Planner training, see TURI's Calendar.)

Certified TUR Planners are qualified to prepare, write and certify toxics use reduction plans for companies that are required to report under the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA). There are two types of TUR Planners:

  • General Practice Planners may act as consultants to multiple clients, assisting them with plan development and certification.
  • Limited Practice Planners may certify plans only for the organizations that employ them.

TUR Planners are certified for a period of two years and are required to obtain continuing education credits from a variety of courses and activities available.

Responsibilities of a TURP

TUR Planners, trained and technically qualified in the planning process, are required to certify the TUR plan. MassDEP maintains Policies & Guidance for TUR planners.

Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) Planning is a fundamental form of pollution prevention that focuses on industrial activities to promote safer and cleaner production and to enhance economic viability.  TUR planning is required of regulated companies every other year. To create a TUR plan, companies must have a policy that encourages TUR, create planning teams, analyze production processes, conduct materials accounting and cost identification programs, audit health and environmental regulations, and identify TUR options.