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News from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute
at the University of Massachusetts Lowell 
 March 2014 
 TURA/TRI Reporting Workshops


April 16: ATMC Conference Center, 151 Martine Drive, Fall River 


May 1: North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, 860 South Street, Fitchburg


May 8: Parker River Headquarters Building, 6 Plum Island Drive, Newburyport


May 13: Mass Mutual Insurance Learning and Training Center, Chicopee


More information.


To register, contact Nicholas Leonardi, Leonardi.Nicholas@epa.gov 




The Business Value of Improved Environmental Performance in Metal Finishing


Provided in conjunction with the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute


Safer Alternatives for Janitorial Cleaning


Dates and times are TBD,

check the calendar at www.turi.org or, contact Mark Myles, mark.myles@turi.org 


 Save the Date!



June 10, 2014: Champions of Toxics Use Reduction Event


Check the Calendar at  www.turi.org 

for more details on the Champions event and other upcoming TURI events, as well as community events on organic lawn care and compost tea.





Reminder to Massachusetts companies: TURI's affiliated faculty would like to work with you on innovative ways to reduce toxics and use safer alternatives. 

For more information, contact Pam Eliason, pam@turi.org.

TURI's free weekly e-bulletin features previews of recent publications and websites relevant to reducing the use of toxic chemicals.

New Information Available on

Hexavalent Chromium, a Higher Hazard Substance


TURI has just published a new, detailed, 6 page fact sheet on Hexavalent Chromium.


Hexavalent chromium compounds are a toxic form of chromium and are used in a variety of industrial processes and products.


Hexavalent chromium compounds are human carcinogens, mutagens and developmental toxicants and are acutely toxic. Non-hexavalent chromium compounds do not pose the same level of concern with regard to either chronic or acute toxicity.


Until 2011, all chromium compounds were treated as a single category under TURA. Beginning with

reporting year 2012, hexavalent chromium

compounds are reportable under TURA as a

separate category and are designated as a Higher

Hazard Substance, which lowers the reporting threshold to 1,000 lbs. per year.


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

Read TURI's fact sheet on hexavalent chromium.


TUR Planner Continuing Education Conference

Spring 2014


April 3, 2014

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Taunton Holiday Inn

700 Myles Standish Boulevard

Taunton, MA 02780





Registration and more information.


Session topics include:

  • TUR Plans: Maximizing the Value
  • Building Envelope Energy Efficiency, Toxics, and Indoor Air Quality
  • Focus on Higher Hazard Substances
  • Recent Case Studies in TUR
  • Integrating TUR with Mandated Changes in ISO Management Standards

Register now. 



New Publications


Read a recent renewable energy case study about Crane and Company, Inc., published by our partner, Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA). 


New Resources


TURI has created a new library guide to assist in researching environmental, health, and safety information on chemicals. This guide includes instructions for how to best use and navigate it.


TURI in the News
The TURA program was highlighted in an article on options for preventing chemical accidents. "Stopping Chemical Catastrophes: Can we do better than calling for stronger storage tanks?"
Elizabeth Grossman
The Pump Handle, February 25, 2014


Comments from TURI were included in a blog about dry cleaning.
The Hill, February 19, 2014 
TURI Hosts Wet Cleaning Demo
The Northeast Fabricare Association's January/February Newsletter published a report about the professional wet cleaning demonstration at KMK Cleaners in Walpole. KMK received a grant from TURI to support their change from perchloroethylene dry cleaning to professional wet cleaning. Read more about TURI's wet cleaning initiatives.