It’s hard to say no to a Super Hero… Reply

 

I’ve been asked to present industry’s perspective on practical solutions to reducing toxics in the work place at a forum sponsored by the Cancer Council of Australia in Melbourne, Australia on May 3 2012. I’m following a presentation given in 2009 by Pam Eliason of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) where she was introduced as having the answers to all of industry’s toxics use problems. I thought only a super hero could meet those expectations so I got myself a cape and now I am Super TURP ( Toxics Use Reduction Planner).

My super power is opening people’s minds to new ways of doing things. This results in using less toxic chemicals and generating less byproduct per widget manufactured. This mind bending ability can make companies more profitable and protect their greatest assets, their employees!

In order to prepare for my Australia presentation I attended a conference that  TURI held on April 12, 2012. I was interested in learning more about safer alternatives and attended the Green Chemistry track. I must confess, I had an ulterior motive to attending the conference. I wanted to get interviews with TUR Planners about their successes with TUR planning so that I could share them with the folks in Australia.

I decided to wear my Super TURP cape to the conference in order to get street cred, or maybe sympathy, from the crowd. It worked! I was able to get 10 companies to give me their input on what they think is the biggest benefit is to using the TUR planning process in their companies.

Please listen to the comments from Cindy Keegan, Manager, Environmental, Health& Safety Analogic Corporation and David Kiddo, Global Business Manager, Wire & Cable, Alpha Gary by clicking on each of the play buttons below.

Comments from Cindy Keegan

Comments from David Kiddo

Isn’t it great that Australia is looking to Massachusetts as a model for reducing cancer in the workplace? I’m proud to be representing TUR Planners and spreading the good word about the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA).

Need some assistance in making your company’s TUR Plan leap over tall buildings in a single bound…reduce payback periods…open up TUR Team minds to new ideas…we have a team of super heroes at CAPACCIO…just waiting to wear our cool capes!

Look for future blogs from down under …there will be photos with emus…maybe…Lucy

(Right) CAPACCIO’S Lucy Servidio with the Photofabrication Engineering TUR Team

CAPACCIO’s Travis Wheeler…Boy Wonder (Helping companies reduce the use of toxic chemicals)

US EPA TRI/TURA RY-2011 Compliance Assistance Workshops Reply

Owners/Operators/Consultants/Engineers

US EPA, Region 1, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance, are providing a series of Toxic Release Inventory/Toxic Use Reduction Act Compliance Assistance Workshops in locations throughout Massachusetts. These workshops are designed for the experienced TRI reporter and are free but require registration via email.

New TRI reporters should complete the TRI training modules before attending the workshops:

http://www.epa.gov/tri/training/2011/index.htm

TRI/TURA Compliance Assistance Workshop Locations:

Thursday April 26, 2012…North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, 860 South Street, Fitchburg

Tuesday May 8, 2012…Mass. Mutual Ins. Learning & Training Center, 350 Memorial Drive, Chicopee

Tuesday May 15, 2012…ATMC Conference Center, 151 Martine Drive, Fall River

Wednesday May 23, 2012…Parker River Wildlife Refuge, Headquarters Building, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport

6 CEU units will be provided by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
TRI & TURA Agenda:

8:30-9:00             sign in
9:00-10:30           TRI Reporting-2011/Forms R&A Changes, Updates & Common Errors (US EPA)
10:30-10:45         break
10:45-11:00         MassDEP TURA Enforcement overview (MA DEP)
11:00-12:00         Planning Process – TURA & RC Planning (MA OTA)
12-1:00                Lunch (on your own)
1:00-1:30             Planning Case Studies (MA OTA)
1:30-2:30             TURA Implemented by facilities during the 2008 & 2010 planning cycles (MA DEP)
2:30-2:45             Break
2:45-4:00             eDEP TURA Reporting & Planning (MA DEP)

Dwight Peavey, US EPA TRI Program Coordinator, will present the EPA portion of the workshops. Walter Hope and Suzi Peck from MA DEP and Scott Fortier from MA OTA will be presenting the TURA portion of the workshops.

To register… e-mail Nicholas Leonardi at <leonardi.nicholas@epa.gov> …please indicate the date and location of the workshop that you will attend.  Check the time and locations carefully.  Also, include your name, company and address. You may also fax your registration to 617-918-0636.

YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION… if you need additional assistance for the workshops, please contact Nicholas Leonardi via e-mail at <leonardi.nicholas@epa.gov>.

EPA Analysis Shows Decrease in 2010 Toxic Chemical Releases in Massachusetts Reply

EPA Release Date: 01/05/2012

(Boston, Mass. – Jan. 5, 2012) – EPA’s most recent Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting year of 2010. TRI reporting provides Americans with vital information about their communities by publishing information on toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country. 

In Massachusetts, the reporting data show that overall releases of pollutants to the environment have decreased since the previous reporting year (2009). TRI information is a key part of EPA’s efforts to provide greater access to environmental information and get information to the public as quickly as possible. TRI was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the 10 major ways that EPA has strengthened America.

During 2010, the latest year for which data are available, approximately 20.6 million pounds of chemicals were released in the six New England states, a reduction of about 287,337 pounds. In Massachusetts, 441 facilities reported in 2010 approximately 4.3 million pounds (a decrease of 1,122,489 pounds). Approximately 61 percent of releases in Massachusetts were emitted to the air during 2010. Across the U.S. in 2010, 3.93 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the environment, a 16 percent increase from 2009. 

To read the full release visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/6d651d23f5a91b768525735900400c28/a680338c945f17288525797c007c8258!OpenDocument

Additional links:

TRI in Massachusetts Fact Sheet (epa.gov/triexplorer/statefactsheet.htm)
National information on TRI (epa.gov/tri/)

For more information, contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.

EPA Analysis Shows Increase in 2010 Toxic Chemical Releases in Vermont Reply

Release Date: 01/05/2012
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – Jan. 5, 2012) – EPA’s most recent Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting year of 2010. TRI reporting provides Americans with vital information about their communities by publishing information on toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country. 

In Vermont, the reporting data show that overall releases of pollutants to the environment have increased since the previous reporting year (2009). TRI information is a key part of EPA’s efforts to provide greater access to environmental information and get information to the public as quickly as possible. TRI was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the 10 major ways that EPA has strengthened America.

During 2010, the latest year for which data are available, approximately 20.6 million pounds of chemicals were released in the six New England states, a reduction of about 287,337 pounds. In Vermont, 40 facilities reported in 2010 approximately 277,835 pounds (an increase of 15,176 pounds). Approximately 44 percent of releases in Vermont were discharge to water during 2010. EPA also this year has conducted an extra analysis of TRI data for the Lake Champlain Basin. Across the U.S. in 2010, 3.93 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the environment, a 16 percent increase from 2009. 

To read the full release visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/6d651d23f5a91b768525735900400c28/adc7564c7333bcbe8525797c007cf24b!OpenDocument\

Additional links:
TRI in Vermont Fact Sheet (http://www.epa.gov/triexplorer/statefactsheet.htm)
TRI analysis for Lake Champlain Basin (http://www.epa.gov/tri/tridata/tri09/nationalanalysis/tri-lae-lake-champlain.html)
National information on TRI (http://www.epa.gov/tri/)

For more information, contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.