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November, 2011   

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TUR Planning for Dry Cleaners - Nov. 30 Lowell



Resource Conservation Day 2 - Energy, water, solid wasteDec. 6, Leominster



TUR Planning for Dry Cleaners - Dec. 9 Bridgewater 



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Art's Cleaners Shows how to Eliminate use of Perc
Rep. Carolyn Dykema of Westborough gives a certificate of recognition 


Art's Cleaners is honored for environmental leadership.
On October 25, 2011 TURI and Art's Cleaners in Westborough hosted a cleaner technology demonstration event of their professional wet cleaning garment care equipment.  Seven cleaners from across Mass. attended from 12-2 PM. This was the second of two such events and was conducted in Korean.


Ji Jung Hoan, owner of Art's, and his staff use wet cleaning technology instead of the solvent perc which is harmful to both human health and the environment. Customers and workers enjoy the fresh, solvent-free air that results.

Changes Proposed to the TURA List of Toxic or Hazardous Substances

Your comments are invited. 

The TURA Administrative Council announces a comment period and a hearing on Nov. 30 at 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston.  Call Rich Bizzozero for information.(617) 626-1080.


These changes include 1) adding 16 chemicals that the USEPA added to the Toxic Chemical List under the EPCRA section 313 on November 30, 2010; 2) designation of formaldehyde as a Higher Hazard Substance; and 3) creation of a separate category specifically for hexavalent chromium compounds, and the designation of hexavalent chromium compounds as Higher Hazard Substances."


The policy analysis reports for formaldehyde and hex chrome can be viewed here.

Family Service Coordinators Learn about Green Cleaning

Leominster event is part of a TURI Community Grant.

Donna Wysokenski is the project manager at MOC

On October 21, fifteen participants were given hands-on training on how to reduce toxins in cleaning supplies and switch to safer alternatives at the Montachusett Opportunity Council's (MOC) Child Care and Head Start facility.  Family service coordinators meet regularly with over 400 families enrolled in MOC's Head Start programs and will be a key component in helping spread the word about green cleaning to families with small children.  


This initiative will supplement the regional green cleaning workshops that will be held around the North Central Massachusetts region as part of the project. 


At the beginning of the training, more that half of the participants said they knew someone with health issues from exposure to home or building cleaning products.  They mentioned dermatitis, asthma and burns from caustics.  Participant were impressed with how easily they could make the green cleaning products in the recipe book, and save money, too.

Were You at the Continuing  Education Conference Last Week?

 Presentation materials can be viewed on our website:

  • Don Huisingh, Editor in Chief, Journal of Cleaner Production - Making Progress Toward Sustainable Societies in the Context of Global Climate Change
  • Sessions A & D: Alternatives Assessment
  • Session B: Nano Materials 
  • Session C: Alternatives Assessment of Building Materials 
  • Session E: RoHS and REACH 
  • Session F: Pigments and Coatings

Do you need credit hours?  Resources Conservation Day 2 in Leominster on Dec 6 will offer full-day or half-day opportunities to learn about energy or water efficiency, reducing solid waste or reducing toxics in products or articles.

TURI Staff Activities

Jason Marshall of TURI presented "Cleaning & Disinfection:The Science, Practice and Controversey" at the Cleaning Industry Research Institute Symposium on Nov. 9.  On this topic he works with Assistant Professor Nancy Goodyear, Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences, Biomedical Engineering faculty at the UMassLowell. 


Heidi Wilcox, Mark Myles and Jim Cain of OTA represented the TURA program at the New England Surface Finishers annual conference on Nov. 11.

TURI offers services & programs to reduce the use of toxic chemicals, energy and water while enhancing the competitiveness of local businesses.  See our website for green alternatives, data on toxics use, case studies, clean technology and energy demonstrations, as well as the latest about the TURI budget.

Our offices are in Wannalancit, an office building on the University of Massachusetts Lowell campus.  Come visit!