In short, just as CRA by empowering citizens changed the way banks think, the TRI and right-to-know laws
have changed the way industrial companies think.
That's who the community's right-to-know law
is for - our children.
Still, new horror stories continue to turn up: paperwork provided by right-to-know laws
in January revealed the Monsanto Corporation's decades-long cover up of its massive dumping of PCBs--an environmental hazard and probable human carcinogen--in Anniston, Alabama.
. Internationally known as Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs), they contain data on chemicals in most facilities and media.
"Community-right-to-know has greatly helped to reduce chemical hazards, to get companies to take notice of, and take responsibility for, community safety," says Paul Orum, coordinator of the Working Group on Community Right-to-Know, a nonprofit organization that tracks government and industry compliance with community right-to-know laws
The right-to-know law
applies whenever employees could be exposed to any hazardous chemical under normal work conditions or in a foreseeable emergency.
Under the Right-to-Know Law
, school employees can request and receive information listed in the labor law concerning toxic substance hazards in the workplace, refuse to work with toxic substances if information was requested and not received within 72 hours and exercise any right under the law without fear of discrimination.
The union's request for information compelled us to study closely what our state's right-to-know law
Since the purpose of the Right-to-Know Law
is to help the public understand what the government is up to, it makes sense for the PUC to resolve what's public and what isn't through the lens of what evidence in the record forms the basis of what the PUC actually decided.
That call gave birth to cross-party proposals, in July 2011, for a right-to-know law
based on similar principles to that of Sarah's Law.
Wiessmann said Pennsylvania's new right-to-know law
required creation of the database, known as the Pennsylvania Contracts e-Library and available at www.treasurypa.org.
Their efforts prompted the city's unique Toxics Right-to-Know law
passed by voters in 1996.