The 2006 Amendments to the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) created alternative planning opportunities for companies subject to TURA that have completed a TUR Plan and two or more updates. One alternative is a Resource Conservation (RC) plan. Once prepared, these alternative plans must be certified by TUR Planners who have been approved by MassDEP by earning additional TUR credits in the appropriate disciplines.
The TURA Program defines Resource Conservation as "an action that decreases the use or consumption of a natural asset such as water, energy, or raw material or increases the efficiency of the use of the assets, without increasing risk to the public, workers, consumers or the environment and without increasing the amount of waste generated. 310 CMR 50.10
TURI provides training programs to meet DEP requirements and to enhance Planners' skills in the area of resource conservation, so that Planners can evaluate and certify RC plans.
Initial Resource Conservation training is typically a two day training held in even numbered years. The first day focuses on applying TUR planning methods to RC planning. Th e second day dives deeper into natural assets, e.g., water, energy or materials contributing to solid waste.
The cost for this training is $325.00 for TURA Filers and $375.00 for Non-Filers.
Any TUR Planner can be certified to write an RC plan by obtaining 12 credits initially and maintaining 9 credits (3 each for water, energy, and materials contributing to solid waste) every 4 years.
MassDEP has Planning Guidance for Resource Conservation plans.