New York Trade Secrets: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

General: 6 New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) 616.7

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Exception request: 6 NYCRR 616.7(a)(2)

Record identification: 6 NYCRR 616.7(a)(3)

Unauthorized access: 6 NYCRR 616.7(b)

Disclosure determination: 6 NYCRR 616.7(c)

Factors: 6 NYCRR 616.7(c)(2)

Appeal: 6 NYCRR 616.7(d)

Air pollution control: 6 NYCRR 200.2

Hazardous waste: 6 NYCRR 370.1(b)(2)

Industrial hazardous waste: 6 NYCRR 361.1(g)

Household cleaning agents: 6 NYCRR 659.6

Hazardous substance storage: 6 NYCRR 596.1(f)

Pesticides: New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) 33-0707

Regulatory Agency

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New York has developed regulations for the protection of confidential business information submitted to state agencies in permit applications, monitoring reports, and other documents.

Contact the applicable DEC division to which the document is being submitted to determine what specific procedure must be followed. It is important to contact the DEC before submitting the information.

Administration and enforcement. The various DEC divisions are responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's trade secret protection rules. The DEC also administers and enforces pesticide regulations.

State Requirements


The DEC protects from disclosure any record, report, or information that, if made public, would divulge methods or processes entitled to protection as trade secrets. However, such records, reports, or information may be disclosed to officers, employees, or authorized ...

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