The Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program and state legislators presented ChemGenes Corporation in Wilmington with an award in recognition of the company’s environmental leadership.

One of nine companies across Massachusetts being recognized as a “TURA 25th Anniversary Leader,” ChemGenes Corporation has invested in new technologies to reduce toxic chemical use that has led to improved worker safety and financial savings.

To make improvements, Chief Operating Officer Anuj Mohan works with his Toxics Use Reduction Planner Neil Inglis of Goldman Environmental, the state’s Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) and the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell.

ChemGenes has reduced the use of chloroform by more than 55 percent and hexane by more than 35 percent. These reductions combined with an investment in a new chromatography system improved the efficiency of the manufacturing process and saved $215,000 in chemical purchases, regulatory fees and disposal costs. ChemGenes also reduced solid waste by 70 to 80 percent, from generating 25,000 pounds per year to only 8,000 pounds per year over three years.

With the help of a grant from TURI at UMass Lowell, ChemGenes purchased a new solvent recovery and recycling system that is expected to reduce the use of hexane and ethyl acetate by 27,000 pounds, or 70 percent annually.

An employer of 25 people, ChemGenes supplies products related to DNA- and RNA-synthesis for the biotechnology industry.

The awards and facility tours taking place from March through May showcase environmental accomplishments—reducing the use of toxic chemicals, reducing waste and conserving energy and water—since the Toxics Use Reduction Act was enacted into law by the Massachusetts legislature in 1989.

Also, Constant pursuit of environmental excellence earned Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) the TURA 25th Anniversary Leadership award from the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) Program.

At a ceremony, representatives of the TURA Program and state legislators presented ADI with the award and toured the company’s wafer fabrication facility in Wilmington, Mass.

A manufacturer of high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, Analog Devices is one of only nine companies across Massachusetts being honored by the TURA Program.

The awards and facility tours taking place from March through May showcase environmental accomplishments—reducing the use of toxic chemicals, reducing waste and conserving energy and water—since the Toxics Use Reduction Act was enacted into law by the Massachusetts legislature in 1989.

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