Please be advised, the TURA 2009 Information Release is now available on line at the following site:
The data show that even after accounting for changes in production levels,Massachusetts is continuing to make progress in Toxics Use Reduction!
Please remember that the final step in TURA filing is submitting your payment to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). Toxics Use Fees are due to MassDEP by September 1st. This is different from the information on the Toxics Use Fee Worksheet. No bills will be sent out this year. If payment is not received by September 1st , a bill will be send out with a $1,000 late fee. For more information please contact Travis Wheeler at 508.970.0033 ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On July 1st 2011, an updated version of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. EU member states have 18 months to enact the new directive into local law. DIRECTIVE 2011/65/EU termed the “RoHS Recast” has a number of changes that could affect manufacturing in the United States. The most impactful change is that the updated version of RoHS now includes electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) that was previously outside the scope of the directive. The RoHS Directive will now include Medical Devices and Monitoring and Control Instruments.
Manufacturers of these types of EEE will have 3 years to come into compliance with the changes to the directive. The RoHS recast will also require manufacturers to draw up a declaration of conformity and affix the CE mark to their products in order to demonstrate compliance. There has also been a number of changes regarding exemptions. There is now a process for applying for an exemption to the directive. All exemptions will expire and the manufacturer will need to reapply for the exemptions 18 months prior to expiration.
The recast did not add additional substances to the banned list, although the recast requires a review of the substances within three years. The current banned substances are; Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyls, and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers. It is important for companies to start thinking about how these changes are going affect the importation of EEE into the EU. Companies will also need to be able to demonstrate that they are in compliance with the directive at the member state level. If you have any questions about the RoHS Recast please contact Travis Wheeler at 508.970.0033 ext. 115 or email@example.com.
The Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule (40 CFR Part 98) requires reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) data and other relevant information from large emission sources across a range of industry sectors, and from suppliers of materials whose products emit GHGs if released or combusted. In general, if your facility emits 25,000 metric tons or more per year of GHGs, you may be required to submit annual reports to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
If you have determined your facility is required to report calendar year 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the EPA, then you should make note of the following dates:
- August 1, 2011: Certificate of representation must submitted to the EPA for the facility’s designated representative (i.e., 60 days before the deadline for report submission)
- August 1, 2011: Reporters must be registered to use EPA’s electronic greenhouse gas reporting tool (e-GGRT)
- September 30, 2011: GHG reports must be entered on e-GRRT and submitted to EPA
If you have any questions about whether your facility is required to report or need assistance with compiling or reporting your data, please contact Lynn Sheridan at 508.970.0033 x122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the deadline for 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting to September 30, 2011. The original deadline was March 31, 2011.
Entities who are required to submit data by the new deadline must register online to become a user of the EPA’s electronic greenhouse gas reporting tool (e-GGRT). Registration must be done no later than August 1, 2011. It is also noted that a certificate of representation must submitted to the EPA for the facility’s designated representative by the same date (i.e., 60 days before the deadline for report submission).
The Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule (40 CFR Part 98) requires reporting of GHG data and other relevant information from large emission sources across a range of industry sectors, and from suppliers of materials whose products emit GHGs if released or combusted. In general, facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more per year of GHGs may be required to submit annual reports to EPA.
If you have any questions about whether your facility is required to report or need assistance with compiling or reporting your data, please contact Lynn Sheridan at 508.970.0033 ext. 122 or email@example.com.