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Missouri Trade Secrets: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Missouri Uniform Trade Secrets Act, 26 Missouri Revised Statutes (Mo. Rev. Stat.) 417.450 to 417.467

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Air: 10 Missouri Code of State Regulations (CSR) 10-6.020 and 10 CSR 10-6.210

Hazardous waste: 16 Mo. Rev. Stat. 260.430, 16 Mo. Rev. Stat. 260.550

Underground storage tanks: 21 Mo. Rev. Stat. 319.117

Regulatory Agency

Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. As with federal law, Missouri allows certain information to be considered confidential—and protected from disclosure—when being submitted to a state agency as a condition of a permit or regulation. Missouri has specific trade secret request standards for organizations managing hazardous wastes, underground storage tanks, and air emissions. Contact the specific state agency to which a submission is to be made in order to determine its current procedure for maintaining confidentiality.

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.

All or part of an environmental audit may be protected under attorney-client privilege laws. The attorney-client privilege applies to the confidential communication made by a client to his or her attorney acting as a legal advisor and made for the purpose of obtaining legal advice on some right or obligation. The purpose of the privilege is to allow a client to confide in his or her attorney secure in the knowledge that the communication will not be disclosed. For additional information on attorney-client ...


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