The Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) is a Massachusetts law that was enacted in 1989 and amended in 2006. At the time it was passed, it was a groundbreaking step that made Massachusetts a leader on toxics use reduction. TURA requires Massachusetts companies that use large quantities of certain toxic chemicals to evaluate and plan for pollution prevention opportunities, implement them if practical, and annually measure and report the results.
The law created the Toxics Use Reduction Institute, based at UMass Lowell and recognized as an international leader in its field, and the Office of Technical Assistance. These two agencies, along with the Department of Environmental Protection, work together to implement the program.
TURA has been an incredibly successful program. According to it’s 25th Anniversary report, “From 1990 to 2013, Massachusetts Companies reduced toxic chemical use by 48 percent, waste by 77 percent and on-site releases by 91 percent.” In addition, many companies have reported costs savings from working with the program.
AHT works to support the ongoing effective implementation of the TURA program through advocating for chemical designations and other regulations that maximize the health protections achieved under the law.