Massachusetts Pollution Prevention regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Pollution Prevention: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), 42 USC 11001 to 11050 and regulations at 40 CFR 350 to 372

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Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA), Massachusetts General Laws (MGL), Chapter 21I, Sections 1 to 23 and regulations at 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 50.01 to 50.97

TURA goals: 310 CMR 50.02

Reduction definition: 310 CMR 50.10

Regulatory Agency

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Planning and Evaluation Division Waste Program Planning Unit

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. There are both federal and state pollution prevention (P2) rules to comply with in Massachusetts. The federal requirements are described in the national section POLLUTION PREVENTION.

The Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) program requires large quantity toxics users to report annually on their chemical use and waste and develop plans for reducing their reliance on toxic chemicals or reducing their waste. See the state section COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW for TURA reporting and plan requirements.

Administration and enforcement. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Waste Program Planning Unit is responsible for managing the Toxics Use Reduction Program and providing leadership to the Bureau of Waste Prevention's P2 programs.

State Requirements


310 CMR 50.02

TURA was enacted in order to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals and hazardous substances (including hazardous wastes that are used, manufactured, or processed). Specifically, the program promotes toxics use ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agency
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements
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