Now that Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act Section 313 (EPCRA 313)-Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) reporting season is over, the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) has updated its
TURA Data Online Tool which includes TURA information collected by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) between 1990 and 2018. The Online Tool contains tabs that allow a user to search by chemical or facility, or to look up both using a detailed location map of Massachusetts. The tool provides a wide range of information for comparing and managing data using drop-down menus and charts, and enables companies to ask themselves:
- How are we doing in comparison to companies in our industrial sector?
- What can we learn from other companies?
- Can we show our community that we are making progress in reducing chemical usage and byproducts?
Management of chemical usage and byproducts leads companies to become more sustainable, which is a key component for TURA, especially the TUR planning aspect as required by MassDEP. TURI’s Online Tool tracks progress and shows how chemical usage and byproduct generation changes over time. The information is available online, and companies can share their progress and successes with external stakeholders.
In addition to managing and tracking data, the facility search menu and map feature help provide a way to compare reports submitted by companies within Massachusetts. This opens an avenue for discussion as strategies can be shared among companies throughout the state.
TURI has provided a great tool for users and stakeholders to compare and track TURA data, but what about EPCRA? Formerly known as SARA 313, EPCRA Section 313 data, also known as Form R reporting data, is collected annually by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and tracked on its site, titled TRI Explorer. Like TURI, the EPA has set up its tool in ways that allow the user to generate reports based on chemical and facility, enabling the comparison of EPCRA data between companies nationwide. The EPA also includes a map to show locations of the facilities and their emissions. Another key feature of the TRI Explorer is that the user can search by industry using the NAICS code.
TRI Pollution Prevention Industry Profile
Lastly, another useful EPA site called TRI Pollution Prevention Industry Profile, which has the same “Look and Feel” as the TURI Online Tool, complements the TURI Online Tool by allowing users to search for specific Source Reduction techniques by facility, chemical, and industry sector. The tool can drill down to specific Source Reduction comments reported on EPA Form R reports. This is a valuable resource for reducing chemical use and byproduct generation for your company!
Curious to know how your company appears to the public? Take a look at these websites to learn more and explore the different ways each agency has arranged the data. Tell us how looking at your company’s information using the TURI and EPA tools has changed what you plan to do for the next EPCRA 313-TURA reporting season by sending us an email.