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Where and why are toxics used in Massachusetts?
As in all other states, toxics in Massachusetts are used by companies, communities and individuals. Companies use toxics either as part of their manufacturing process or in activity related to their business. Communities and individuals use toxics either directly or indirectly as part of products that are bought and used. Companies, communities and individuals all generate toxic byproducts as a result of their use of toxic materials.
 
Companies are usually referred to as 'point' sources of toxics use and the generation of toxic byproducts. A point source is one that is readily identified as a single location. Harder to identify but often just as significant are the 'nonpoint' sources. Although the term 'nonpoint' suggests that the source is evenly distributed across an area, in fact, nonpoint sources are many, many small point sources -- individual people, houses, buildings, and communities, each using and generating small amounts of toxics. Individually, each of these 'sources' may not have a large effect but collectively the nonpoint sources can be as or more significant than the point sources in the use and release of toxics.
 
This web site is specifically about the toxics that are used and the toxic byproducts that are produced in companies as the result of providing goods and services. If you would like to know more about how toxics are used in communities, TURI has a web site that addresses toxics in communities. If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to help reduce the use of toxics, generation of toxic byproducts and help to create more livable communities, see the Collaborate section of this web site.
 


 
 
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