TUR Fee due September 1 Reply

If you filed a Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) report in 2015 for chemical use during 2014, there is a TUR fee due to the MassDEP by September 1.

Companies subject to TURA are required to pay annual toxics use fees. These are based on a formula that takes into account the number of people the company employs and the number of listed chemicals it manufactures, processes or otherwise uses in excess of applicable thresholds. A company calculates its fee using a worksheet/invoice that the facility submits along with its annual TUR report.

This worksheet/invoice serves as the company’s first notice of payment due. The fee must be paid in full by September 1 of the filing year. (http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/toxics/tur/about-tura-reporting-and-fees.html#ToxicsUseFees )

The last sheet of your facility’s TUR reporting package includes the fee calculation worksheet and serves as the invoice for the fee.  No additional notice is sent by MassDEP regarding this fee.

Print the Worksheet/Invoice page as documentation and send a copy with your check to:

MassDEP, PO Box 4062, Boston MA 02211

Payment is due by September 1, 2015. If your payment is not received by September 1, a second invoice including the $1000 late fee mandated by MGL 21I will be sent to the facility.

If you need assistance determining or submitting your TUR invoice, please contact your project manager at CAPACCIO, or Jill Vernes at jvernes@capaccio.com.

TURA Higher and Lower Hazard Substances Reply

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs recently released clarification on the designation of TURA higher and lower hazard substances in Massachusetts. In case you have not received the information, it may be accessed here.

For more information, contact Lucille Servidio, CHMM, TURP at lservidio@capaccio.com or call 508.970.0033 ext. 114.

MassDEP TURA Enforcement Amnesty Program Reply

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is offering a Toxic Use Reduction Program Reporting Enforcement Amnesty from April 9, 2015 through June 30, 2016. This means that if you find that your facility should have reported under MassDEP TURA for one or more TURA chemical(s) and you self-disclose this to MassDEP, enforcement will be limited to a warning letter, a fee of one year of past owed chemical use fees for unreported chemical(s), plus $1,000 as an administrative late fee.

This enforcement amnesty program was announced via email to all TUR Planners on Friday, April 17, 2015.

To take advantage of this enforcement amnesty, please read the MassDEP’s letter to TURA planners.

For more information, please contact Linda Swift at 508.970.0033 ext. 119 or lswift@capaccio.com.

Public Comment Period: Proposed TURA Fee Adjustment Reply

This eBlast was copied from an email received by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has proposed amendments to the Toxic Use Fee regulation (301 CMR 40.00). EEA is proposing a fee increase to restore funding required for the program to meet its statutory obligations.

Copies of the proposed regulations and dates, times and locations for public hearings on the regulations, can be found at http://www.mass.gov/eea/waste-mgnt-recycling/toxics/toxic-use-reduction/tura-program-regulations.html. Written testimony will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

Reminder: EEA is also accepting comments until Friday, November 21, 2014 on its proposal to designate five chemicals/categories of chemicals as Higher Hazard Substances: dimethylformamide, toluene diisocyanates, hydrogen fluoride, cyanide compounds and 1-bromopropane (n-propyl bromide).

Questions can be directed to the Executive Director of the TURA Administrative Council, Rich Bizzozero, rich.bizzozero@state.ma.us.

You may also contact Jill Vernes at Capaccio at 508.970-0033 ext. 136 or jvernes@capaccio.com for any additional questions you may have.