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Proactive Environmental Management: Avoiding the Toxic Trap

The difficulty of managing environmental issues tempts many corporations to undermanage and neglect necessary pollution control and environmental protection programs. This oversight puts those firms -- not to mention the environment -- at serious risk. The authors describe five stages of environmental management program development. They highlight each stage's characteristics, including its potential shortcoming, and offer practical guidelines for program development. This article also includes an SMR interview with C.C. Smith, Jr., Union Carbide's vice president of community and employee health, safety, and environmental protection.

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