Governing Law and Regulations
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA)
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Mineral Resources Management
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Ohio's rules relating to the protection of trade secret information obtained under the state's hazardous waste rules are similar to the federal rules. Claims of confidentiality must be submitted simultaneously with the information, and the Ohio EPA must render its decision on the confidentiality claim within 45 days of receipt of the request. Certain information cannot be claimed as a trade secret, such as emission and effluent discharge data.
• Administration and enforcement.The Ohio EPA is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's trade secret protection rules. Both the Ohio EPA and the ODNR regulate hydraulic fracturing activities in the state.
Similar to federal requirements, Ohio provides that any record, report, or other information obtained by the Ohio EPA be made available to the public, except upon a satisfactory claim that such information (other than discharge or emissions data), if made public, would divulge methods or processes entitled to protection as trade secrets of ...