TRI and other types of right-to-know programs publicly highlight chemical releases that industrial facilities release to the environment. These public disclosure programs force a company to evaluate its production process and the pollution it generates. The public component of the program helps put the spotlight on these firms, making it more likely that they will try to reduce future releases.
Some environmentalists have also advocated reforming environmental report and permit programs so that reporting facilities essentially perform a pollution prevention audit—identifying waste streams and exploring opportunities to reduce them—in the process of complying with regulatory requirements.
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