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David Sarokin and Jay Schulkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034920

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034920.001.0001

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Information as a Policy Tool: The Toxics Release Inventory

Information as a Policy Tool: The Toxics Release Inventory

(p.203) 9 Information as a Policy Tool: The Toxics Release Inventory
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David Sarokin

Jay Schulkin

The MIT Press

The Toxics Release Inventory, created in the aftermath of the Bhopal poisonous gas tragedy in India, is a cornerstone of the environmental right-to-know program in the U.S. TRI is the nation’s first program to use information as an explicit tool of public policy. The program incorporates several novel features, but does not require companies to reduce toxic pollution. However, the “report card” aspect of publicly-available information has spurred substantial reductions nonetheless.

Keywords:   Toxics Release Inventory, TRI, Right-to-know, EPCRA, Bhopal, Environmental regulation

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