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Kansas Trade Secrets: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Air pollution control: Kansas Statutes Annotated (KS Stat. Ann.) 65-3015

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Waste management: KS Stat. Ann. 65-3447

Solid waste facilities: Kansas Administrative Regulations (KAR) 28-29-16

Water pollution control: KS Stat. Ann. 65-170g

Underground injection control: KAR 28-46-23

Pesticides: KAR 4-4-985

Regulatory Agencies

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Division of Environment

Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Kansas treats certain information submitted to KDHE, KDA, and other state agencies as confidential. Kansas generally follows the federal procedures that require persons to make trade secrecy claims in writing at the time the information is first sent to an agency.

Most monitoring data and information needed by emergency workers (e.g., firefighters or hazmat teams) regarding chemical inventories will not be entitled to trade secret protection.

Some states treat environmental audit results as privileged information that is protected from disclosure. See the state section AUDITS for additional information.

Administration and enforcement. The various divisions of KDHE are responsible for the administration and enforcement of procedures for maintaining confidentiality of trade secret information. KDA administers and enforces trade secret requirements for bulk pesticide storage facilities.

State Requirements

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As with the federal confidentiality guidelines, it is important in Kansas to claim confidentiality at the time the information is ...


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