DIRTY DISCLOSURES

A recent federalcourt ruling spelled victory for theEnvironment Protection Agencyover the chemical industry. The USdistrict court for the District ofColumbia, upheld the agency'sdecision to expand the requirements for public disclosure ofemissions of certain toxic chemicals. The ruling would mean thatchemical companies and refineriesmust publicly disclose their emissions of an additional 286 chemicals that the government listed inthe Toxic Release Inventory inNovember 1994. The annual disclosure of emissions are considereda major incentive for the industryto reduce pollution.

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