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Trade Secrets May Be Lost, EPA Warns Chemical Makers (1)

May 9, 2019, 9:31 PMUpdated: May 9, 2019, 11:11 PM

Chemical makers that don’t protect sensitive business information in forms they submit to the EPA about proposed new compounds could soon find their trade secrets disclosed to the public, the agency’s top chemicals official said May 9.

Frequently, companies submitting forms to the Environmental Protection Agency about new chemicals they want to make will forget to redact all confidential business information, Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, EPA’s assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention, told an agency advisory committee.

In the past, it wasn’t a problem when the EPA didn’t promptly post new chemical information online, she said.

A week ...