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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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States of Green: Regional Variations in Environmental Performance

States of Green: Regional Variations in Environmental Performance

(p.83) 4 States of Green: Regional Variations in Environmental Performance
Coming Clean

Michael E. Kraft

Mark Stephan

Troy D. Abel

The MIT Press

This chapter examines some of the factors that influence state variations in environmental performance among facilities in the United States. It emphasizes the variability in environmental performance in all states across the country and among companies that report through the TRI program over a period of time. Some facilities deserve more attention than those that exhibit a slight improvement in environmental performance, with a state’s contribution in such performance varying significantly. The state’s scale allows a more detailed scrutiny of the impact of information disclosure programs on companies’ environmental performance. Many states have exceeded the expectations of the federal TRI program, with additional efforts being made to distribute and share toxic chemical data among the public.

Keywords:   environmental performance, state variations, information disclosure, toxic chemical data

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