The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program is comprised of three state agencies
the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), the research and education component;
the Office of Technical Assistance, which works on-site with companies implementing
less toxic processes; and the Department of Environmental Protection, the regulatory
arm. Together, with the backing of the 1989 Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA), these
organizations work with hundreds of industries, government and non-profit agencies
and communities to promote pollution prevention in Massachusetts.
Located at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, TURI conducts research in innovative
technology and provides education and training programs, as well as technical support,
to businesses, institutions, communities and government agencies. Specific initiatives
training for Toxic Use Reduction Planners,
peer mentoring workshops for environmental management systems,
the states only laboratory dedicated to identifying less hazardous cleaning processes,
toxics use reduction community grants, and
an extensive technical library for pollution prevention.