From OMB Watch
EPA recently announced plans to dismantle the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), our nation’s premier tool for notifying the public out about toxic pollution. The TRI annually provides communities with details about the amount of toxic chemicals released into the air, land, and water. The information enables groups and individuals to press companies to reduce their pollution, resulting in safer, healthier communities. But EPA is placing corporations ahead of community safety with enormous rollbacks in TRI reporting.
While this issue is at home rather than abroad, does it not make sense that ensuring a healthy environment in a democractic society depends on the public's right to know about pollutants in their communities? Should Chemists Without Borders take a stand on right to know about pollutants - whether in the U.S. or anywhere else?
Thanks to Peter Suber on SPARC Open Access Forum.