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TURA 25th Anniversary Leadership Award

The Toxics Use Reduction Act program recognized nine companies, one community group and one small business workgroup as TURA 25th Anniversary Leaders. The awards celebrate the organizations' substantial achievements to reduce the use of toxic chemicals, reduce waste and conserve energy and water. View the accomplishments of the TURA 25th Anniversary Leaders. Download PDF file.                                   .

Journal of Cleaner Production

This special issue of the Journal of Cleaner Production -- Improving the health of the public, workers and the environment: twenty years of toxics use reduction -- celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act of 1989 (TURA).

Most of the papers in this issue were presented at a symposium to commemorate the twentieth anniversary that was held on November 4, 2009.

Much has been written about the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program, but these papers offer a unique perspective because many were written by staff and researchers associated with the TURA program, or immediate stakeholders.

Journal of Cleaner Production: Vol.19 Issue 5

TURA 20th Anniversary Leaders Tour

  Ahead of its time 20 years ago with the passage of the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA), Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in reducing use, waste and emissions of toxic chemicals. To recognize these accomplishments at the source, state environmental agencies and dignitaries visited Massachusetts companies to highlight and honor each for their performance and leadership. Download PDF file (2.87 MB)

A progress report to the Governor. 2008.

  The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) of 1989 encourages companies to reduce toxic chemical use in Massachusetts. The data show that companies have voluntarily reduced toxic chemical use while maintaining their competitive advantage. Industries subject to reporting since 1990 have reduced their toxic chemical use by 40 percent, byproducts by 71 percent, and releases on site by 91 percent. The law was amended in 2006 to provide flexibility in planning and better focus program resources on helping companies reduce the use of higher hazard substances. Download PDF file (2.13 MB)
25th Anniversary Video
20th Anniversary Video