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EPA Aims to Balance Chemical Trade Secrets, Public Right-to-Know

June 22, 2018, 7:47 PM

The EPA released a policy and a draft guidance to balance statutory requirements that it safeguard chemical companies’ trade secrets with increasing public access to information about their products.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s policy and guidance released June 22 address situations in which a company has provided the EPA with details about a specific chemical it makes or uses, but asks the agency to withhold the chemical’s specific identity from the public.

Typically, a chemical manufacturer, importer, or processor notifies the agency that releasing specifics about the chemical it makes, imports, or uses would reveal trade secrets, confidential commercial details, ...

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