Massachusetts Trade Secrets: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Massachusetts Public Records Law, Massachusetts General Laws (MGL), Chapter 66, Section 10

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Massachusetts Hazardous Substance Disclosure by Employers Act (commonly referred to as the Massachusetts Right-to-Know Act (MRTKA)), MGL, Chapter 111F and regulations at 105 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 670.001 to 670.030 and 310 CMR 33.01 to 33.09

Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention Act, MGL Chapter 21E and regulations at 310 CMR 40.0000

Confidentiality claims: 310 CMR 3.01 to 3.36

Public disclosure petitions: 310 CMR 33.01 to 33.09

Medical emergencies: 105 CMR 670.025

Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA):

Definition: MGL Chapter 21I, Section 2

Trade secret protection: MGL Chapter 21I, Section 20

Massachusetts Contingency Plan: 310 CMR 40.0001 to 40.1600

Definition: 310 CMR 40.0006

Confidentiality: 310 CMR 40.0011

Water: MGL Chapter 21, Section 27(7)

Hazardous waste: MGL Chapter 21C, Section 4 and MGL Chapter 21C, Section 12; MGL Chapter 21D, Section 6

Underground storage tanks (USTs): MGL Chapter 148, Section 38I

Regulatory Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Massachusetts generally follows federal water, hazardous waste and underground storage tank (UST) rules related to confidentiality claims. See the national section TRADE SECRETS for additional information. Massachusetts considers certain information confidential and protected from disclosure when the information is submitted to the Department of Environmental ...

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