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Mandatory disclosure of plant emissions into the environment and worker chemical exposure inside plants

Finger, SR and Gamper-Rabindran, S (2013) Mandatory disclosure of plant emissions into the environment and worker chemical exposure inside plants. UNSPECIFIED. UNSPECIFIED.

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Our study is the first to test if mandatory pollution disclosure programs, exemplified by the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program, reduce worker chemical exposure. We examine newly available measurements of personal exposure to air contaminants at 1333 plants in the US chemical manufacturing sector between 1984 and 2009. The maximum ratio of exposure to the legal limits per inspection declined substantially, by 11%, in the post-program period. This result provides the first evidence of a reduction in measured risks coinciding with the inception of the TRI program. We find suggestive, not conclusive, evidence to attribute this reduction in part to the TRI program. Our preferred specifications find that plants that are more responsive to the TRI program, as indicated by larger industry-level TRI emission reduction, had 6.5% to 8% lower exposure. However, not all models find statistically significant larger exposure reductions in plants that are more responsive to the TRI program. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.


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Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Finger, SR
Gamper-Rabindran, S
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Industry Studies
Date: 1 March 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Ecological Economics
Volume: 87
Page Range: 124 - 136
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.12.017
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0921-8009
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Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2012 16:31
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:55


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