Updated: Jul 10, 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 innovative tools, 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. We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.