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TURI Newsletter
News from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute
at the University of Massachusetts Lowell 
February 2014

New Higher Hazard Substance: Methylene Chloride


Methylene chloride has been added to the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) list of Higher Hazard Substances.


Methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane, is a chlorinated solvent commonly used as a metal degreaser, a chemical intermediate, a paint stripper, and as a component in adhesives, in addition to other uses.

Under the Higher Hazard Substance designation, companies that use 1,000 lbs. or more per year of methylene chloride and have more than 10 full time employees are required to conduct TURA reporting and planning.


Companies affected by the Higher Hazard Substance designation are encouraged to make use of TURA program services, including:

Read TURI's one page fact sheet on methylene chloride.
For more information, read the press release from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and download TURI's methylene chloride policy analysis    

Affiliated Faculty Initiative


TURI has launched an initiative designed to build a stronger collaborative relationship with UMass Lowell faculty.


The objectives of the Affiliated Faculty initiative are to:

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  • Engage faculty across disciplines, including engineering, sciences, business, health, environment and sustainability, and policy in collaborative research and other scholarship opportunities

  • Prepare UMass Lowell students for a "greener" economy by encouraging integration of toxics use reduction, green chemistry, and resource conservation into their educational experience

  • Build capacity for identifying and assessing the inherent hazards associated with chemicals and materials used in research

  • Encourage investigation and development of safer alternatives

  • Share industry networks to support well-grounded research projects                                          

Massachusetts businesses are encouraged to contact TURI with their research interests.


Learn more about the research collaborations between TURI and UMass Lowell faculty.




Thursday, February 27, 2014, 11:00 AM-Noon EST

Beyond the MSDS: Resources for Researching Safer Chemical Alternatives


Find out about databases and other resources for gathering hard-to-find chemical safety information from TURI's Research and Reference Specialist, Mary Butow. Ms. Butow will show you how to access extensive resources to make better choices for safer chemical alternatives.


Register for Beyond the MSDS: Resources for Researching Safer Chemical Alternatives. 

NOTE: TUR Planners who want to receive credit must register.
Mid-March 2014
The Business Value of Improved Environmental Performance in Metal Finishing: Drivers and Forces Shaping the Industry's Future
A joint effort between TURI and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute
Details to follow!

Safer Alternatives to Toxics in Buildings


Mark Myles, TURI's Training Program Manager, discussed toxics in buildings and life cycle analysis with a graduate class at the Boston Architectural College. 

Save the Date!


April 3, 2014: Toxics Use Reduction Planners' Continuing Education Conference, Taunton, Massachusetts.


June 10, 2014: Champions of Toxics Use Reduction Event


Check the Calendar at www.turi.org for more details

and upcoming community events on organic lawn care and compost tea. 





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