Councils and Committees
Three groups of state officials, scientists and citizens determine policy under the Toxics Use Reduction Act:
The Administrative Council is the governing body of the TURA program and is responsible for program policy oversight. The six-member council is chaired by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs and is charged with coordinating state enforcement of laws and regulations on chemical use and toxic waste generation, implementing policies that promote worker health and safety, and safeguarding public health. Responsibilities of the Council include: making determinations on petitions to list and delist chemicals; maintaining the chemical reporting list for the TURA program; designating higher and lower hazard substances; designating priority user segments; and evaluating and setting reporting fees.
The Advisory Committee is composed of stakeholder representatives. Its role is to provide advice to the Administrative Council and the program, reflecting the perspectives and expertise of a range of stakeholders. The members include representation of environmental advocacy, public health, labor, industry and the general public. Committee members are appointed by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
The Science Advisory Board (SAB) provides input on the hazards of chemicals based on scientific considerations. The SAB is managed by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute. The SAB’s primary role is to advise the Institute on the addition or deletion of chemicals from the TURA list, and on the hazard categorization of the TURA list. In addition, the Institute may consult with the SAB for scientific or technical advice concerning other TURA-related issues.
All meetings of the Administrative Council, the Advisory Committee, and the Science Advisory Board are open to the public.