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Over the past twenty-five 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 1300 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 1990 Core Group of TURA filers consists of industries and chemicals that have been subject to yearly reporting requirements since 1990. In 2013, 470 Large Quantity Toxic Users reported under the TURA program. Between 1990 and 2013, Core TURA filers reported an overall 4% 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 48% from the 1990 base year to 2013. Using the same method of adjustment, TURA filers are generating 77% less byproducts or waste per unit of product and have reduced releases of TRI reported on-site chemicals by 91%. Quantities of chemicals shipped in product have varied over the past years, yielding a production adjusted reduction of 41% since 1990.
 
Similarly, the 2000 Core Group of TURA filers consists of industries and chemicals that have been subject to yearly reporting requirements since 2000. The 2000 Core Group represents a larger percentage of the current reporting universe. Between 2000 and 2013, Core TURA filers reported an overall 26% decrease in production. When the reported data has been adjusted for production, TURA filers have decreased their toxic chemical use by 22% from the 2000 base year to 2013. Using the same method of adjustment, TURA filers are generating 43% less byproducts or waste per unit of product and have reduced releases of TRI reported on-site chemicals by 77%. Quantities of chemicals shipped in product have varied over the past years, yielding a production adjusted reduction of 15% since 2000.
 

RESULTS 1990-2013

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

RESULTS 2000-2013

Production Adjusted Use
Releases
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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