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Over the past twenty years, Massachusetts manufacturers have worked with government to implement the TURA program to protect the Massachusetts environment. The progress of Massachusetts industries in reducing toxic chemical use, waste and emissions is significant.
 
Since 1990, over 1000 Massachusetts firms have participated in the Toxics Use Reduction Program. Over 450 of these firms have dropped out of the program for a variety of reasons, most often because they have reduced or eliminated the use of any of the listed toxic chemicals.
 
The Core Group of TURA filers consists of industries and chemicals that have been subject to yearly reporting requirements since 2000. In 2011, 482 Large Quantity Toxic Users reported under the TURA program. Between 2000 and 2011, Core TURA filers reported an overall 21% decrease in production. The TURA data is adjusted to eliminate the effects of changes in production using facility reported TRI production ratios.
 
When the reported data has been adjusted for production, TURA filers have decreased their toxic chemical use by 20% from the 2000 base year to 2011. Using the same method of adjustment, TURA filers are generating 41% less byproducts or waste per unit of product and have reduced releases of TRI reported on-site chemicals by 70%. Quantities of chemicals shipped in product have varied over the past years, yielding a production adjusted reduction of 23% since 2000.
 

RESULTS 2000-2011

The graphs below illustrate these results:
 
Production Adjusted Use
Production Adjusted Byproduct
Production Adjusted Releases
Production Adjusted Shipped
Production Adjusted Transfers

RESULTS 1990-2005

Production Adjusted Use
Releases
Shipped
Transfers
If you have questions concerning the method used to calculate progress, contact Heather Tenney at TURI by phone at 978-934-3275 or via email at Heather_Tenney@uml.edu
 


 
 
 
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