Governing Law and Regulations
Virginia Uniform Trade Secrets Act: VCA 59.1-336
Air: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 5-80-110, 9 VAC 5-80-490, 9 VAC 5-170-60, 9 VAC 5-210-80
Waste: 9 VAC 20-15-80, 9 VAC 20-80-115 (solid waste), 9 VAC 20-130-165 (treatment, storage, and disposal facilities)
Water: 9 VAC 25-15-80, 9 VAC 25-31-80, 9 VAC 25-32-150
Mining: 4 VAC 25-130-702.13, 4 VAC 25-130-772.15)
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. As with federal law, Virginia allows certain information to be considered confidential--and protected from disclosure--when being submitted to a state agency as a condition of a permit or regulation. Contact the specific state agency to which a submission is to be made in order to determine its current procedure for maintaining confidentiality.
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.
· Administration and enforcement. The various state agencies are responsible for the administration and enforcement of procedures for maintaining the confidentiality of trade secret information in Virginia.