Toxics Use Reduction Act
The Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) was enacted in Massachusetts in 1989. The Act requires Massachusetts companies using certain amounts of listed toxic chemicals (“Large Quantity Toxics Users”) to:
The list of toxic/hazardous chemicals under TURA includes substances listed under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), and The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or "Superfund").
Chemicals designated as Higher Hazard or Lower Hazard Substances are drawn from a larger informational list of "more hazardous chemicals" and "less hazardous chemicals.”
Currently, the higher hazard substances are perchloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), cadmium and cadmium compounds, and PBTs. The Council has voted to designate hexavalent chromium compounds and formaldehyde and higher hazard substances, but these designations have not yet been adopted in regulations. The ten lower hazard substances are: isobutyl alcohol (CAS 78-83-1), sec-butyl alcohol (CAS 78-92-2), n-butyl alcohol (CAS 71-36-3), butyl acetate (CAS 123-86-4), isobutyl acetate (CAS 110-19-0), ferric chloride (CAS 7705-08-0), ferric sulfate (CAS 10028-22-5), ferrous chloride (CAS 7758-94-3), ferrous sulfate (heptahydrate) (CAS 7782- 63-0), and ferrous sulfate (CAS 7720-78-7).
The Act also established the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) to promote reduction of toxics and use of safer alternatives.
Information on TURA
Other Relevant Regulations