Wisconsin Trade Secrets: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Emergency planning: Wisconsin Administrative Code, Emergency Management Division (WEM) 3.07

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Definition: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 134.90(1)(c)

Air: WSA 285.70

Water: WSA 283.43, WSA 283.55, and regulations at Wisconsin Administrative Code, Department of Natural Resources (NR) 200.024, NR 203.02, NR 211.26

Hazardous waste: WSA 291.15 and regulations at NR 700.05

Solid waste: WSA 289.09

Regulatory Agencies

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Air and Waste

DNR Division of Water

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Wisconsin's rules relating to trade secret protection of confidential business information generally follow the federal model. 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. See the national section TRADE SECRETS for a review of the federal rules.

Wisconsin follows federal procedures established for trade secrets claims by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 40 CFR 350, emergency planning and community right-to-know information and trade secret disclosures to health professions.

Some states treat environmental audit results as privileged information that is protected from disclosure. See the state section AUDITS for additional information.

Administration and enforcement. The different DNR divisions are responsible for administering and enforcing the rules relating to trade secret protection. Before sending any information to DNR, contact the specific division to ...

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