Regulation through Revelation: The Origin, Politics, and Impacts of the Toxics Release Inventory Program

Regulation through Revelation: The Origin, Politics, and Impacts of the Toxics Release Inventory Program

by James T. Hamilton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521389895

ISBN-13: 9780521389891

Pub. Date: 07/21/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Information provision is increasingly being used as a regulatory tool. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program requires facilities that handle threshold amounts of specific chemicals to report yearly their releases and transfers of these toxic substances. The TRI data have become the yardstick by which regulators, investors,…  See more details below

Overview

Information provision is increasingly being used as a regulatory tool. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program requires facilities that handle threshold amounts of specific chemicals to report yearly their releases and transfers of these toxic substances. The TRI data have become the yardstick by which regulators, investors, environmental organizations, and local community groups measure company environmental performance. This book tells the story of the TRI from its origin and implementation to its revision and retrenchment. The mix of case study and quantitative analysis shows how the TRI operates and how the information provided affects decisions in both the public and private sectors. The lessons drawn about the operation of information provision programs should be of interest to multiple audiences. They include analysts who care about environmental policy, researchers and policymakers interested in the use of information as a regulatory instrument, and students in political science, economics, public policy, and law interested in how regulations are actually made, enforced, and evaluated.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521389891
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/21/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
357
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1Legislating an incomplete contract10
2Defining terms : rulemaking and the initial TRI data release45
3Spreading the word in the public and private sectors75
4Politics of expansion and contraction116
5Life cycles in the regulatory environment177
6The impact(s) of the TRI208
7Lessons from and for regulatory implementation244

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