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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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Facility-Level Perspectives on the TRI and Environmental Performance

Facility-Level Perspectives on the TRI and Environmental Performance

(p.119) 5 Facility-Level Perspectives on the TRI and Environmental Performance
Coming Clean

Michael E. Kraft

Mark Stephan

Troy D. Abel

The MIT Press

This chapter presents the views of facility managers and public officials on the distinguishing characteristics of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program in the United States. Based on quantitative and qualitative data, it discusses findings on perceptions, attitudes, and behavior related to the management of toxic chemicals. A quantitative analysis of the survey along with qualitative data, interviews, and illustrative cases provides a complete perspective of the regulators’ views and of the regulated companies. Qualitative data provide an assessment of information disclosure in introducing changes in corporate environmental behavior and community decision-making. The results of the findings show that different types of facilities have reacted in distinct ways to the TRI program and have responded to improve their environmental performance.

Keywords:   facility managers, public officials, qualitative data, environmental behavior, decision-making

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