Bloomberg Law
April 10, 2019, 6:50 PM

EPA Wants Chemical Makers to Show Their Work on Secret-Keeping

Pat Rizzuto
Pat Rizzuto

Chemical manufacturers and processors would have to follow specific electronic procedures that detail their rationales for keeping secret the identity of chemicals they make or handle under an April 10 EPA proposal.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal, open for comment for 60 days, describes how it will review at least 7,757 chemicals with specific identities that their manufacturers, importers, or processors claim should be kept secret.

The EPA says companies claiming confidentiality for “active” chemical substance identities must substantiate those claims electronically.

“We continue to be committed to fostering transparency about information on chemicals while protecting verified confidential ...