Reinventing Environmental Regulation: Lessons from Project XL [NOOK Book]

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Project XL (eXcellence and Leadership) was the flagship effort by the Clinton administration for 'cleaner, cheaper, and smarter' regulation. Under Project XL, business promised better performance in exchange for a regulatory approach focused more on results than means, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) measuring pollution reduction across rather than at individual sources within a facility. Reinventing Environmental Regulation is a compelling account of the breakdown in negotiations to implement ...
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Reinventing Environmental Regulation: Lessons from Project XL

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Overview

Project XL (eXcellence and Leadership) was the flagship effort by the Clinton administration for 'cleaner, cheaper, and smarter' regulation. Under Project XL, business promised better performance in exchange for a regulatory approach focused more on results than means, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) measuring pollution reduction across rather than at individual sources within a facility. Reinventing Environmental Regulation is a compelling account of the breakdown in negotiations to implement Project XL at a tape manufacturing plant of 3M, a company widely recognized as environmentally progressive. Marcus, Geffen, and Sexton discuss the conflicting goals of participants, the influences of personality and organizational culture, and complications caused by changes in 3M s external business environment. They compare the 3M case with EPA negotiations involving Intel, Merck, and Weyerhaeuser, finding similarly contentious, though less fatal disagreements about the meaning of 'superior environmental performance.' In common with other recent proposals, Project XL emphasized cooperative, flexible regulatory approaches. Reinventing Environmental Regulation demonstrates the difficulty of putting these appealing ideas into practice, while offering encouragement for continued innovations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136525988
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/30/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Alfred A. Marcus is a professor in the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

Donald A. Geffen is research associate at the Strategic Management Research Center at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

Ken Sexton is Bond Professor of Environmental Health Policy at the University of Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

1 Environmental Policy in Transition 1
2 Quid Pro Quo and the Birth of Project XL 10
3 Conflicting Goals 24
4 Complicating Factors 46
5 Drafting the 3M Proposal 58
6 Gaining EPA Support for the Agreement 75
7 Trying To Overcome Deadlock: The Practical Impediments 89
8 Intel, Merck, and Weyerhaeuser: Three XL Projects That Gained Approval 111
9 Comparing the Approved Projects with 3M's Proposal 147
10 Roadblocks to Cooperative Solutions 159
11 Creating a Platform for Experiments 179
App. A: Comparable Actions Test 197
App. B Next Steps at 3M-Hutchinson 202
App. C: A More Unambiguous Definition of Superior Environmental Performance? 205
References 211
Acknowledgements 223
Index 227
About the Authors 241
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