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A Look at One County Where Chemicals and Transparency Mix

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Wisconsin may provide a critical model for transparency in the ongoing debate over secrecy in the name of security and openness to assure public safety. A 1986 state law known as Known as the Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know Act, drafted after the Bhopal tragedy in India, requires about 7,000 industrial operations throughout state to disclose hazardous chemical stockpiles and counties to maintain the information in a public database. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports on how it’s worked – well, officials say – in one county with 150 affected industrial operations. (4/26/05)