Professor Linda Bui was invited to speak at the INFINUM Workshop,
“Regulation by Environmental Information” at Internationales
Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH), on February 9, 2013.  This was
the concluding workshop of a 3-year research project on regulation by
information at Heidelberg University that has been funded by the
German government. The workshop brought together academics,
practitioners, and government regulators from all over Europe and
North America to discuss the effectiveness of providing information to
citizens to help change polluter behavior.  A number of international
researchers were present to discuss their work, which ranged from
empirical studies to experimental design.  Professor Bui spoke about
some of her recent work dealing with toxic pollution and the Toxic
Release Inventory (TRI).  The TRI was passed as part of the 1986
Emergency Planning, Community Right-to-Know Act and requires
all manufacturing facilities to report their toxic releases to a publicly
maintained data base.  This is the only source of toxic release information
available in the United States.  The paper that Professor Bui presented
was, “What we Know about What we Know about Toxic Polluter Behavior
from the TRI:  Evidence from Almost 20 Years of TRI Data in the Petroleum
Refining Industry.


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