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August 2012
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TURI and legislators recognize "Champions of Toxics Use Reduction" at State House

TURI presented the Champions of Toxics Use Reduction Awards at a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House in June. The awards recognize outstanding leaders who have reduced toxic chemical use in Massachusetts through innovation and outreach.     


The 2012 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction are:  

  • Independent Plating of Worcester  
  • King and Queen Cleaners of Milford  
  • Associate Professor Dan Schmidt of UMass Lowell
  • Brazilian Women's Group of Allston  
  • Montachusett Opportunity Council (MOC), Inc. 
  • Norfolk County 7 Public Health Coalition 
  • Pioneer Valley Planning Commission of Springfield   
Steven DeNatale
Mary Giannetti of MOC, Rep. Steven DeNatale and Donna Wysokenski of MOC. 
Paul McMurty
Rep. Paul McMurty and Cathy Cardinale of the Dedham Health Department
Assoc. Prof. Daniel Schmidt of UMass Lowell and Rep. James Miceli. 
Kevin Honan
Rep. Kevin Honan presents an award to the Brazilian Women's Group. 


Read more about each honoree's accomplishments. 

View, share and download the photos from the event. 

Fact sheet on asthma-related chemicals released
TURI examined asthma-related chemicals that are being used
by Massachusetts industries that report chemical usage under the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program. This eight-page fact sheet is a helpful tool for companies looking to target the reduction of asthma-related chemicals. 
Asthma fact sheet The five chemicals used in the greatest amount are styrene monomer, sulfuric acid, ammonia, diisocyanates and nickel and nickel compounds. 
Asthma rates in Massachusetts communities are among the highest in the nation, causing a substantial societal burden of human suffering, lost capacity and productivity as well as direct fiscal costs. Total hospitalization costs due to asthma in Massachusetts increased 78 percent, from $50 million in 2000 to $89 million in 2006. 
Attention dry cleaners: alternatives assessment of perc now available


TURI conducted an alternatives assessment of seven common alternatives to perc to help dry cleaners find technically viable and environmentally preferred methods for cleaning clothes. 


The alternatives evaluated include: Professional Wet Cleaning, Liquid Carbon Dioxide, High Flash Hydrocarbons, Acetal (Solvon K4), Propylene Glycol Ethers, Cyclic Volatile Methyl Siloxane (GreenEarth), and N-Propyl Bromide (nPB). The results appear in two documents - a 54-page detailed report and a four-page fact sheet.


Perc detailed report   
TURI In the News


"Super-light badminton rackets made with carbon nanotubes.

Nanowire-enabled flexible displays that can be bent. Breathable sheets that promise to deliver "ultimate nanotechnology performance" in keeping you cool. Nanotechnology-based products and prototypes are making news headlines every day as cutting-edge solutions continue to make the impossible possible."


"A Massachusetts law has helped prompt manufacturers to cut their use of hazardous chemicals 21 percent over the past decade, according to a report by state environmental regulators."