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Oregon Trade Secrets: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Definition: Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 192.501(2)

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Community Right to Know and Protection Act, Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 837-085-0140 to 837-085-0180

Medical emergency: OAR 837-085-0170

Air pollution control: OAR 340-214-0130

Hazardous waste: ORS 466.800 and OAR 340-100-0003

Pesticides: OAR 603-057-0418 to 603-057-0420

Safety: OAR 437-002-0360

Solid waste: OAR 340-090-0100 to 340-090-0120 and OAR 340-090-0420

Container manufacturers: OAR 340-090-0420

Regulatory Agencies

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM)

Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Unless classified as confidential, most records, reports, or information submitted to state agencies are available to the public. Oregon treats certain information submitted to DEQ, OSFM, ODA, and other state agencies as confidential. The state follows federal rules for claims of confidentiality related to hazard communication.

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.

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 ...


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