About TURPA

The Toxics Use Reduction Planners Association (TURPA) is a professional membership organization dedicated to maintaining a high standard of integrity and professional practice for Toxics Use Reduction Planners. TURPA Presentation 4-15-15

What is a Toxics Use Reduction Planner?

A Toxics Use Reduction Planner (TURP) is an environmental, safety, and/or process professional that has passed a uniform certification exam developed by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and has a few years of relevant education and experience. Once certified by DEP, TURPs can organize, prepare, write, and/or manage, but more importantly certify toxics use reduction plans for Massachusetts companies that are required to report under the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA).

What has the Association Accomplished?

• Mass DEP’s Self Audit Policy was revised on July 16, 2014 to specifically exclude TUR Program Filers from applicability to use the policy to “Self-Disclose” issues of non-compliance discovered through an EMS Audit without receiving a Notice of Non-Compliance (NON):
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• Establish policy for notifying the TUR Program Filers of ANY policy changes prior to implementing the new changes
• Improved MassDEP regulations and policies that affect TUR Planners
• Reduced fees and requirements for continuing education for maintaining TUR Planner certification
• Obtained agreement from MassDEP that they would notify Planners in advance of renewal deadlines to avoid confusion
• Established policy for treatment of Planners who may not be able to obtain credits by renewal deadline
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The TURA Program

About the Toxics Use Reduction Act

The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act was enacted in 1989 to reduce the use of Toxic chemicals in Massachusetts with improving competitiveness.

Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), through its Bureau of Waste Prevention, is responsible for implementing TURA.


Office of Technical Assistance (OTA)

The Office of Technical Assistance for Toxics Use Reduction (OTA) was established in 1989 as part of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA). Since its inception, OTA has worked with hundreds of businesses, municipalities, and others to help them reduce or eliminate their use of toxics and generation of hazardous byproducts.


Science Advisory Board (SAB)

The Toxics Use Reduction Act specifies that the TURA Science Advisory Board review petitions to list or delist chemicals.


Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)

The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute provides the resources and tools to help industries, communities and institutions implement toxics use reduction.