MassDEP Issues Updated List of TURA Chemicals for 2019 Reply

Each company subject to the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) needs to file annual reports by July 1st of each year, for chemicals manufactured, processed, or otherwise used during the previous calendar year. TURA reports are required for toxic substances listed in two federal laws: Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or “Superfund”).
A new complete list of chemicals subject to TURA reporting, along with reporting thresholds, is now available on the MassDEP website:
Here is a run down on what is new:
Nonylphenols category – DEP Code 1220
Nonylphenols are reportable for this year. The Nonylphenols category has been reportable under TURA since RY 2017 and under TRI since RY 2015.  The nonylphenols category includes these substances: 4-Nonylphenol, Isononylphenol, Nonylphenol, 4-Isononylphenol, 4-Nonylphenol, branched, Nonylphenol, branched. More about this chemical category can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/addition-nonylphenol-category#additional-resources
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) category – DEP Code 1240
HBCD category chemicals are reportable for this year (RY2018) and was reportable under TRI for RY 2017. The HBCD category includes hexabromocyclododecane and 1,2,5,6,9,10 hexabromocyclododecane. More information about this chemical category can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/addition-hexabromocyclododecane-hbcd-category-tri-list-final
Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs) category – DEP Code 1046
NPEs will be reportable next year under TRI for RY 2019, and to TURA for RY 2020. Start keeping records for 2019. More information about this chemical category can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/addition-npes-category-tri-list-final-rule and https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2019/04/04/turachanges.pdf
The C1-C4 halogenated hydrocarbons/halocarbons not otherwise listed (C1-C4 NOL) category – DEP Code 1047
The C1-C4 NOL category will be reportable under TURA for RY 2019. Begin keeping records in 2019. C1-C4 NOL includes any chemical substance that has four or fewer carbons, at least one halogen, and only hydrogen as the other constituent, that are not already individually listed. This includes fully halogenated chemicals that contain no hydrogen. More information about this chemical category can be found at: https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2019/04/04/turachanges.pdf

Please also be aware:
Many chemicals on the TURA reportable chemicals list are designated as PBT (persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic) or HHS (higher hazard substance). These chemicals have lower reporting thresholds, which are indicated in the TURA list.

If you have questions or need assistance with your TURA reporting, CAPACCIO has several TURPs on staff. Please contact Jill Vernes at jvernes@capaccio.com for more information.
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South Korean delegation to visit Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. to learn about Toxics Use Reduction Planning Success Stories Reply

A group of esteemed delegates from Seoul, Korea will be visiting the United States and Canada from April 11 – 20 to tour companies, meet with legislators, and visit with the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) to learn about best practices for chemical safety and the reduction of toxic substances. The visit was prompted by South Korea’s focus on enacting regulations similar to the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act. The “Delegates for a Chemical Safety Community” consist of business leaders of major corporations, government officials, representatives from environmental agencies and from the Ministry of Environment, who are seeking to learn about the most efficient methods, our policies, and to benchmark best practices and techniques.

As part of the tour, the delegation will visit with Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc., who was chosen for their expertise with the regulations and long history in developing Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) plans for a variety of clients and industries. Capaccio, which is based in Marlborough, MA, also employs the largest staff of TUR Planners at one company in the state. Capaccio’s planners will be on hand to share and exchange experiences with the South Korean participants and their translator.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  To learn more, visit us at www.capaccio.com.

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Toxic Use Reduction Annual Fees Due September 1, 2017 Reply

By July 1, 2017, each Large Quantity Toxics User of chemicals in the state of Massachusetts was required to file an annual toxics use report that included a Massachusetts Form S for each TURA listed chemical they manufactured, processed or otherwise used above applicable thresholds during 2016.

Companies subject to this reporting are required to pay annual toxics use fees. A fee worksheet/invoice was generated as part of your eDEP TURA report. This worksheet/invoice serves as your first notice of payment due. The fee must be paid in full by September 1, 2017.

In order to avoid late fees, don’t forget to print your worksheet/invoice, and send a copy with your check to:

MassDEP
PO Box 4062
Boston, MA 02211

Please note that if payment is not received by September 1st, a second invoice including a $1,000 late fee, will be sent.

If you have any questions about these programs and updates, please contact Alexis Dallaportas at 508-970-0033 x142 or by cell at 508-380-6716.

 

How are you doing with your TURA goals? Is it time for a check-up? Reply

 

Each company subject to the Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) is required to prepare a Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) Plan every other year. As the most recent TURA Plans were prepared for July 1, 2016, and your next evaluation efforts and updates are due July 1, 2018, we are now just past the mid-point of the planning cycle. That means that this is a great time to perform a check-up on the targets and objectives you planned for, and to see how are you doing with the TURA options your company intended to implement!

This is also a good time to take a look at the chemicals the TURA Administrative Council has designated as Higher Hazard Substances (HHSs) since the last planning year. Effective January 2016, n-Propyl Bromide, Hydrogen Fluoride, Cyanide Compounds and Dimethylformamide have been designated as Higher Hazard Substances. Under this designation, Massachusetts facilities with 10 or more full time employee equivalents that manufactured, processed or otherwise used 1,000 pounds or more of these chemicals per year, were required to report on their use in 2017, and are required to conduct toxics use reduction planning for them in 2018.

Capaccio can help! We have several experienced Toxic Use Reduction Planners that can help you evaluate what options are available to you that will reduce the use of these new HHSs, as well as to perform a check-up on how your previously selected TURA options are working, and what ones may need a reexamination to help you reach your TUR goals. If you have any questions about these programs and updates, please contact Alexis Dallaportas at 508-970-0033 x142 or 508-380-6716.