Minnesota Trade Secrets: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Definition: Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 13.37, MSA 325C.01

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General: MSA 116.075 (hearings and public records)

Hazardous waste: MSA 115A.06(13), MSA 115B.24(5) (tax returns)

Generator tax: MSA 115B.24(5)

Landfills: MSA 473.843(4)

Material injection: MSA 116.54

Pesticides: MSA 18B.38, MSA 18B.27, MSA 18C.405

Toxics: MSA 115D.08

Safety: Uniform Trade Secrets Act, MSA 325C.01 to 325C.08; Minnesota Rules (MR) 5210.0900 to 5210.0960 (employee right to know); MSA 182.668

Regulatory Agencies

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (MDLI) Occupational Safety and Health Division

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Minnesota treats certain information submitted to MPCA, MDA, or MDLI as a condition of a permit or regulation as confidential.

Follow 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.

Administration and enforcement. The various divisions of MPCA, MDA, and MDLI are responsible for the administration and enforcement of procedures for maintaining confidentiality of trade secret information.

State Requirements


MSA 13.37

This section deals specifically with trade secret information, or confidential business information submitted to state agencies. Trade secret information is government data, ...

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