Published: Sunday 30 June 1996

A recent federal court ruling spelled victory for the Environment Protection Agency over the chemical industry. The US district court for the District of Columbia, upheld the agency's decision to expand the requirements for public disclosure of emissions of certain toxic chemicals. The ruling would mean that chemical companies and refineries must publicly disclose their emissions of an additional 286 chemicals that the government listed in the Toxic Release Inventory in November 1994. The annual disclosure of emissions are considered a major incentive for the industry to reduce pollution.

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