Utah Trade Secrets: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Trade secrets: Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Utah Code Annotated (UCA) 13-24-1 to 13-24-9

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Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA), UCA 63G-2-101 to 63G-2-904 and regulations at Utah Administrative Rules (R) 305-1-1 to R305-1-12

Definition: UCA 13-24-2

Confidentiality claims: UCA 63G-2-309

Protected records: UCA 63G-2-305

Disclosure: R305-1-1 to R305-1-12

Research: UCA 63G-2-202

Hydraulic fracturing: Utah Administrative Rules (R) 649-3-39

Regulatory Agencies

Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

DNR Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining (DOGM)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Utah follows federal law protecting trade secrets, with additional regulations for the protection of confidential business information submitted to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in permit applications, monitoring reports, and other documents. The Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) also requires chemical disclosure related to the oil and gas industry hydraulic fracturing process, with some trade secret protections.

It is a good idea to contact the agency to which information is submitted to determine if there are any additional requirements that must be met to maintain the confidentiality of trade secret information.

Administration and enforcement. The DEQ is responsible for administering and enforcing the trade secret rules that pertain to environmental information in Utah. DNR's DOGM administers and enforces the state's hydraulic fracturing regulations.

State Requirements


UCA 63G-2-101 to 63G-2-904 and R305-1-1 to R305-1-12

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