A public hearing is scheduled for October 25, 2018 for proposed updates to the Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) regulations. TURA requires some businesses to report on their annual use of toxic chemicals, conduct toxics use reduction planning, and pay an annual fee. Two of the proposed actions are required since any change to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) Section 313 Toxic Chemical List must be reflected in TURA regulations. The proposed updates are to the 301 CMR 41.00 Toxic or Hazardous Substance List as follows:

  • List the nonylphenol category, added by USEPA to the EPCRA Section 313 Toxic Chemical List on September 30, 2014;
  • List the hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) category that the USEPA added to EPCRA Section 313 on November 28, 2016;
  • List the C1-C4 Halogenated Hydrocarbons/Halocarbons Not Otherwise Listed (C1-C4 NOL) category.
  • A technical correction has been made adding 12 chemicals to clarify that these substances are reportable as part of the appropriate EPRCA category rather than as individual chemicals.

For details regarding the hearing, please click public hearing.

For more information about TURA, please click TURA.

If you need help with your TURA reporting or planning, please contact Kristine Davies, Principal Consultant or Lynne Santos, Managing Consultant at (508) 273-8600 for more information.