Access to Information on the Environment in the United States

Franklin S. Reeder
This case study examines the participation of citizens (as individuals and through groups) in the activities of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the OECD Public Management (PUMA) Committee’s activity on “Strengthening Government-Citizen Connections.” Specifically, the study examines two EPA initiatives, Envirofacts and Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), to determine the extent to which those systems have affected the manner in which the public interacts with its government. The methodology employed in this study was to review relevant documents and websites and to interview public officials and public interest groups representing the spectrum of interests from the environmental community to the regulated industries. A list of those interviewed, relevant web sites and publications are listed at the end of the report.
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