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.
While right-to-know laws
are aimed at reducing the supply of POPs, financial tools such as taxes are well-suited to reducing demand.
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.
Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Law
, you can obtain information about hazardous chemicals (but not pesticides) in your community.
New York State's right-to-know law
required us to have that information ready in 72 hours.
The second case involved LLS's unsuccessful efforts to obtain LSA's protected trade secret information under Pennsylvania'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.
is now in compliance with the federal right-to-know law
and has agreed to pay $77,000 to settle claims.