DEP Revises Proposed TURA Rules


On October 18, 2011, Maine DEP (the Department) held a public hearing on proposed regulations to implement Maine’s Priority Toxic Chemical Use Reductions laws (the successor to “TURA”).  In response to comments provided at the public hearing and during the subsequent public comment period, the Department has revised the proposed rules (Chapters 81 - Designation of Priority Toxic Chemicals and 82 - Priority Toxic Chemical Reporting and Pollution Prevention Planning) and has posted the revised proposed rules for additional public comment.  

October 2011 - Original Proposed Chapters 81 and 82

As originally proposed in October 2011, Chapters 81 and 82 would have:

  • Defined the list of “priority toxic chemicals” as follows: cadmium, formaldehyde, hexavalent chromium, perchloroethylene, styrene, and trichloroethylene.
  • Required facilities that use 1,000 lbs. or more of a listed priority toxic chemical to report annually to the Department and develop pollution prevention plans.  The plans would need to be updated every 2 years.

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