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Mississippi Trade Secrets: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Trade secrets: Mississippi Code Annotated (MS Code Ann.) 17-17-27, MS Code Ann. 49-17-39, MS Code Ann. 53-7-75, and Mississippi Uniform Trade Secrets Act, MS Code Ann. 75-26-1 to 75-26-19

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General: MS Code Ann. 75-26-1 to 75-26-19

Definition: MS Code Ann. 75-26-3

Solid waste: MS Code Ann. 17-17-27

Water/air: MS Code Ann. 49-17-39

Oil/gas and other minerals: MS Code Ann. 53-7-75

Hydraulic fracturing: 26 Mississippi Administrative Code (MAC) Part 2, Rule 1.26

Regulatory Agencies

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Mississippi State Oil and Gas Board (MSOGB)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Generally Mississippi follows federal trade secret regulations, with additional requirements under the Mississippi Uniform Trade Secrets Act and state solid waste, water, air, and mineral laws. Mississippi treats certain information submitted to Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as a condition of a permit or regulation as confidential. See the national section TRADE SECRETS for federal rules. In addition, the state has established approval and disclosure rules for oil and gas wells using hydraulic fracturing treatment.

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.

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