Charles Franklin “Right-to-Know” Article Featured in Daily Environment Report, Video

Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Environment Report has published “From Risk Management to Risk Perception: The Evolution of Right-to-Know Policy,” an article by Akin Gump senior counsel Charles Franklin of the firm’s environment and natural resources practice.

The article examines the evolution of what Franklin describes as “perception-based regulation.” In contrast to formal regulatory regimes and standards, perception-based regulation is “driven by nongovernmental organizations, manufacturing, retail and consumer thought leaders, and information-savvy bloggers and media outlets” who “use data and labeling required under federal and state information disclosure and right-to-know laws to vilify some products and elevate the profile of others.”

Franklin traces right-to-know as it took root and grew in the 1970s and ‘80s in sections titled “Occupational Right-to-Know,” “Community Right-to-Know” and “Consumer Right-to-Know,” then brings the reader up to date with a discussion of the bipartisan bill introduced in May 2013 to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act.

To read the full article, please click here.

Bloomberg BNA also featured the article via an interview with the author on its The Week Ahead Web video program.