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A Background Document on Lifecycle Analysis: Biodegradable Polymers. 1993

  TURI Methods and Policy Report No. 4. This paper looks at the reasons that lead to the establishment of the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) tool as a means of defining manufacturing parameters that pollute the environment. LCA growth, limitations and its changing objectives are documented in this paper. Download PDF file (639.67 kB)

Models for Industry/Government Collaboration on Pollution Prevention. 1993.

  TURI Methods and Policy Report No. 3. Pollution prevention is often described as a collaborative or cooperative process, linking industry and government in a common search for environmentally sound production. While the concept is often lauded, there is no single or simple model for effecting such collaboration. Instead, a wide array of new models are emerging. This review briefly describes several of these new industry / government collaborative models now emerging in the United States, Canada and Europe. Download PDF file (476.88 kB)

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." Download PDF file (5.74 MB)

Pollution Prevention and Waste Reduction Planning: A Quick Look at Initial State Experience. 1992.

  TURI Methods/Policy Report No. 1. Facility specific pollution prevention and waste reduction plans are central program elements of many new state pollution prevention programs. Of twenty-six states that have enacted legislation in the past four years to promote pollution prevention or waste reduction, twenty specify or suggest that a facility plan be completed by those who manage the facility. Of the twenty states that describe planning requirements, fourteen make plans mandatory. This report examines the experience of the five states that require facility plans. Download PDF file (476.31 kB)

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