Community Action

The public, as consumers and disposers of toxic-chemical-containing products, is a major source of toxic pollution. It must and has become involved in toxic pollution prevention.

Public involvement has resulted from state-wide initiatives, the action of interest groups, and individual initiatives. Environmentalists concerned with pollution control advocate source reduction over waste treatment as the preferred environmental option. However, the lack of public information about industrial releases to the environment has effectively blocked community action groups from addressing the toxic issue. The TRI and the right-to-know laws have changed that barrier irreversibly.

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