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In the News Archive 2013-2015

Occupational Exposures to New Drycleaning Solvents

  Feb 24, 2015 -- Environmental regulatory requirements and an increased awareness of the potential occupational hazards from using the dry cleaning chemical perchloroethylene (PERC) have resulted in some dry cleaners switching to alternative chemicals.

URL:  http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2015/02/24/drycleaning-solvents/

TURI Symposium Connects Industry with Researchers

  Jul. 27, 2015 -- The Greener Materials Research Symposium, hosted recently by the Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell, brought together academic researchers and industry leaders to discuss business needs and the future of chemical usage in a greener world.

URL:  http://www.uml.edu/News/stories/2015/TURISymposium2015.aspx

Panelists address potential health hazards of crumb rubber

  Jun. 24, 2015 -- Grass Fields for Safe Sports hosted the forum because it believes crumb rubber – small pellets made from recycled tires - contains deadly toxins linked to cancer, and it wants them removed from the design plans for a new artificial turf football field that broke ground earlier this month at the high school.

URL:  http://concord.wickedlocal.com/article/20150624/NEWS/150628448

YWCA wins UMass Lowell TURI award

  Jul. 5, 2015 -- The Girls Going Green program at the YWCA of Lowell developed a series of interactive workshops for young people about safer beauty and personal-care products.

URL:  http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_28435679/ywca-wins-umass-lowell-turi-award

J&P Cleaners Named ‘Small Business Champion’

  Jul. 1, 2015 -- J&P Cleaners switched to professional wet cleaning in summer 2014 with the help of a TURI grant. The family-owned business had demonstrated the technology to other Massachusetts dry cleaners to encourage them to eliminate the use of perc.

URL:  https://americandrycleaner.com/articles/mass-state-house-ceremony-honors-wet-cleaners

JP NET and J&P Cleaners Recognized at State House

  Jun. 25, 2015 -- The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell recognized Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition and J&P Cleaners with the “Champions of Toxics Use Reduction” award at a ceremony at the state house.

URL:  http://www.jamaicaplainnews.com/2015/06/25/jp-net-and-jp-cleaners-recognized-at-state-house/12240

Institute honors groups that are reducing toxic chemical use

  Jun. 17, 2015 -- The Obama administration has granted Massachusetts an additional one-year waiver from a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires Massachusetts to reduce from nine to four the factors used to calculate health premiums for individuals and small businesses.

URL:  http://www.nashobapublishing.com/ci_28331404/feds-grant-mass-extra-year-phase-part-obamacare

Hudson Board of Health awarded for asthma program

  Jun. 22, 2015 -- The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell named the Town of Hudson as one of their 2015 Community Champions in honor of the Hudson Board of Health’s efforts to reduce asthma attacks by limiting “household triggers.”

URL:  http://hudson.wickedlocal.com/article/20150622/NEWS/150629186

Natick receives grant to pilot organic land care practices

  Oct 6, 2015 -- Natick’s Land Facilities and Natural Resources Division received $10,000 from the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute to pilot organic land-care practices on three municipal properties.

URL:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2015/10/06/natick-receives-grant-pilot-organic-land-care-practices/oZSHpX5zQq7I5YE09l7nbL/story.html

Northeast foundation honors Springfield for organic treatment at parks, public fields

  Dec 16, 2016 -- The Northeast Organic Farming Association has issued an award to the city of Springfield for its organic land care practices that began as a pilot program last fall at six local parks and athletic fields.

URL:  http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/12/northeast_foundation_honors_sp.html

Substitute in BPA-epoxy Looks 'Promising'

  April 30, 2013, Plastics Today, article about researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell that have identified and tested a potential chemical substitute for bisphenol A (BPA) in epoxy with research funding from TURI.

URL:  http://www.plasticstoday.com/articles/subsitute-bpa-epoxy-loosk-promising0430201301

Dry Cleaning Alternative Saves $, Environment

  May 2, 2013 -- WWLP, Channel 22, interviewed KMK Cleaners Kristy Mead and Michael Ellenbecker and Joy Onasch of TURI at the State House on Wed., May 1 about dry cleaners making the switch from using perc to wet cleaning.

URL:  http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/politics/state_politics/wry-cleaning-alternative-saves-environment-cl