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Toxic Chemical Management in Massachusetts: An Analysis of Further Chemical Restriction Policies. 1993.

TURI Methods and Policy Report No. 2. The growing awareness of the linkage between environment and development is reflected in the emergence and implementation of the principles of toxics use reduction and sustainable development. These two concepts emphasize and promote a collaborative relationship between government and industry to attain the goals of a cleaner, safer, and more productive society. In Massachusetts, the Toxics Use Reduction Act of 1989 (TURA) focuses on the reduction in the use of toxic substances or generation of hazardous wastes through state funded research, education, and technical assistance and industry planning and voluntary reductions. Those who drafted TURA also recognized that other policies, beyond the scope of the Act, may be necessary to reduce the risks of toxic chemicals in the commonwealth. With this in mind, the legislature required that the Toxics Use Reduction institute "conduct a detailed study on potential restrictions on the use of chemicals in the Commonwealth."

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