The Power of Community Right-to-Know



Narrator: In 1986, Congress passed the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act giving all Americans the right to access information
on toxic chemicals in our communities. This law created EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory
Program, which used a new approach to environmental protection: encouraging action through information disclosure. TRI collects data from industrial facilities
about which toxic chemicals they're using, how much of each is released into the environment, and what they’re doing to prevent pollution. EPA makes this information available online. Most of the emissions tracked by TRI result
from routine production operations, which are subject to regulatory requirements, but TRI also includes data on accidental releases and one-time remediation efforts. This information empowers communities to protect their environment, creates a strong incentive for companies
to reduce pollution and helps companies learn from each other's
best practices for reducing emissions. Knowledge is power, and the Emergency Planning
and Community Right-to-Know Act gives communities and companies the information
they need to work toward a safer future.

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