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Dramatic decline in Massachusetts carcinogen releases

The release and use of carcinogens by companies in Massachusetts has shown a marked decrease over the past 20 years, according to a report from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI).

Analysis by the institute indicates that environmental releases of such chemicals declined by 93% between 1991 and 2010, while reported use fell by 32% between 1990 and 2010.

However, the report also notes that Massachusetts companies continue to use large amounts of carcinogenic chemicals. The report’s analysis is based on data collected from industries reporting to the Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Act programme.

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) is based at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

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