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Coming CleanInformation Disclosure and Environmental Performance$
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Michael E. Kraft, Mark Stephan, and Troy D. Abel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014953

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014953.001.0001

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Reducing Toxic Releases and Community Risks

Reducing Toxic Releases and Community Risks

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(p.53) 3 Reducing Toxic Releases and Community Risks
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Coming Clean
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Michael E. Kraft

Mark Stephan

Troy D. Abel

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014953.003.0003

This chapter reviews the strengths and weaknesses of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program. It reports the analysis of quantitative data, which reveals the changes made in the sample of facilities using different methods to measure environmental performance while releasing TRI chemicals over time. It also explains key dependent variables, which include indicators of changes in releases of toxic chemicals and their risk levels and the reasons why these variables were selected. These variables are measured by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Risk Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) model. Some states and facilities in the United States have made more progress in pollution reduction than others.

Keywords:   toxic chemicals, quantitative data, risk screening, environmental performance

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