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Maia Rodriguez Semp MAS 2019

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Presentation at the 2019 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference on March 29, 2019 in Cambridge, MA

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Maia Rodriguez Semp MAS 2019

  1. 1. CHEMICAL SAFETY AND CLIMATE CHANGE PREPAREDNESS MAIA RODRIGUEZ-SEMP MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (OTA) TOXICS USE REDUCTION ACT (TURA) PROGRAM
  2. 2. MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OFTECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (OTA) Works closely with the other agencies that handle TURA implementation: Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Created by the 1989Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA)
  3. 3. OTA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE No cost and confidential Help MA “toxics users” Receive referrals from local government agencies Environmental compliance Reduce or eliminate use of hazardous chemicals Energy efficiency and renewables Water conservation Proven results
  4. 4. OTA ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE IMPACT 2007 - 2017  Helped companies prevent 375,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions  Helped companies reduce the use of at least 1.9 million pounds of hazardous chemicals
  5. 5. WHY CHEMICAL SAFETY AND CLIMATE CHANGE?Floods Extreme Heat Extreme Cold Storms Climate Change Equipment Failure Chemical Spill Spread HVAC Failure Explosion Risks Power Outages HVAC Failure Power Outages Equipment Failure Infrastructure Failure Hazardous Chemicals Chemical Releases Chemical Releases Chemical ReleasesChemical Releases
  6. 6. WHY CHEMICAL SAFETY AND CLIMATE CHANGE?Floods Extreme Heat Extreme Cold Storms Climate Change Equipment Failure Chemical Spill Spread HVAC Failure Explosion Risks Power Outages HVAC Failure Power Outages Equipment Failure Infrastructure Failure Hazardous Chemicals Chemical Releases Chemical Releases Chemical ReleasesChemical ReleasesIncreased Threat to Workers, Communities, and First Responders Increased Threat to Workers, Communities, and First Responders
  7. 7. OTA CHEMICAL SAFETY AND CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECT (EPA GRANT 2015-2018)  Partnered with and funded 7 Regional Planning Agencies  7 workshops for first responders, municipalities, community groups  7 workshops for facility personnel  428 individuals trained on emergency preparedness regulations and pollution prevention techniques  54 companies visited in relation to the grant
  8. 8. TOOLS AND RESOURCES DEVELOPED  www.mass.gov/eea/ota- climate  GIS map ofToxics Users and Climate Vulnerability Factors  Emergency planning tools for facilities  Video
  9. 9. ANTICIPATING WORST CASE SCENARIOS FEMA FLOOD AND HURRICANE ZONES
  10. 10. MORE OUTCOMES AND CONTINUED WORK  Direct assistance to facilities that use hazardous chemicals  Referrals from with local agencies  Assisting MunicipalVulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Communities  Encouraging facility-first responder partnership and relationship building
  11. 11. RESOURCES  Refer companies to OTA: (617) 626-1060  Massachusetts Chemical Safety and Climate Change Program: www.mass.gov/eea/ota- climate  Tools for first responders  Grants for municipalities and regions  Mapping tools  2017 workshop presentations  http://resilientma.org/ Resource Clearinghouse  TURA Data https://turadata.turi.org/
  12. 12. CONTACT: Maia Rodriguez-Semp Massachusetts Office Of Technical Assistance Maia.Rodriguez-Semp@Mass.Gov Tiffany Skogstrom Massachusetts Office Of Technical Assistance Tiffany.Skogstrom@Mass.Gov

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