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Rhode Island Trade Secrets: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Rhode Island Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Rhode Island General Laws (RI Gen. Laws) 6-41-1 to 6-41-11

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Air pollution control:

Permit information: Rhode Island Rules and Regulations (RI Rule) 12.031.029-29.6.8

Commercial and consumer products: RI Rule 12.031.031-31.5

Hazardous substances: Hazardous Substances Right-to-Know Act, RI Gen. Laws 28-21-10

Transportation: RI Rule 19.000.002

Water pollution control:

Definition: RI Rule 12.190.003-3

Rhode Island Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (RIPDES) permits: RI Rule 12.190.003-5

Publicly owned treatment works (POTW): RI Rule 12.190.004-16

Regulatory Agencies

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT)

Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

• Rules. Like the federal regulations, Rhode Island law provides for the nondisclosure of confidential information contained in submissions to Rhode Island state agencies, with additional state requirements under the state's air, water, waste, and transportation rules. Rhode Island follows the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) that contains general provisions for trade secret protection related to hazardous chemicals, with additional trade secret substantiation criteria. See the national sections COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW and TRADE SECRETS for more information.

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